God and the Burden of Proof: Plantinga, Swinburne, and the Analytic Defense of Theism

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Offers a critical examination of Alvin Plantinga's and Richard Swinburne's contemporary attempt to defend traditional theism within the context of analytic philosophy.
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Offers a critical examination of Alvin Plantinga's and Richard Swinburne's contemporary attempt to defend traditional theism within the context of analytic philosophy.
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A scholarly but non-technical elucidation and critique of two contemporary analytic philosophers, Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne, who have attempted to develop a logical defense of theism. Parsons religion and philosophy, Berry College, Rome, Georgia assesses the theists' ability to establish their case, and also constructively criticizes the non-theist opposition. Recommended, particularly for the uninitiated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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  • ISBN-13: 9780879755515
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1989
  • Series: Frontiers of Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    The Burden lies in the Athiest not the Theist

    Though this book details many almost Rusellian truths, the essential burden of proof lies with the Athiest. The simple reason is that throughout history scholars and the masses of people have recognized the existence of a supreme being of some sort. I will not list the many scholars who believe in God for the sake of brevity however, the established norm or rather the status-quo must be disproved as if the Athiest is the affirmative. To elaborate, the Affirmative is essentially the opposition to the accepted norm even if that norm is the affirmation of a supreme being. In retrospect, this work is one of the few works that show some credibility to the athiest cause of which I see no reason to subscribe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2000

    Excellent introduction to contemporary philosophy of religion

    In debating the existence of God, a fundamental question is who -- if anyone -- should bear the burden of proof. In _God and the Burden of Proof_, Keith Parsons explains why theists (but not atheists) bear the burden of proof. Along the way, he manages to provided a nontechnical response to two of the most influential theistic philosophers of our time, Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne. Highly recommended, despite the book's excessive cost.

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