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Is belief in God justified? Alvin Plantinga and Michael Tooley each tackle the matter with arguments from opposing perspectives.
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Editorial Reviews

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"I would recommend the book to professional philosophers ofreligion and philosophy graduate students for these significantcontributions." (Journal of Religion, 1 October 2010)

"The book's style is very different from other philosophy ofreligion texts, because it presents the issues within the contextof a lively debate, capturing the excitement of philosophicalargumentation and epitomizing how philosophy should be practiced."(American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Summer2010)"Alvin Plantinga and Michael Tooley here debate the questionwhether God's existence is known—or, at least, justifiablybelieved. As expected from two such distinguished philosophers,their discussion has the originality and intellectual weight torepay careful consideration, as much by philosophers of mind andepistemologists as by philosophers of religion." (Mind,October 2009)

"The book illuminates some important issues in philosophicaltheology. Recommended." (CHOICE, October 2008)

"I found this book strangely compelling … .Plantinga usesan ingenious new version of the Design Argument to demonstrate 'theepistemic probability' that God exists; Tooley argues that 'thefact of evil' on our world makes the existence of a benevolent God'very unlikely.'" (Church Times, January 2009)

"The present volume, by two heavyweight analytical philosophers,is rather different from the usual pattern." (TheTablet)

"A very fine book, presenting arguments for and against theismand naturalism by two very distinguished philosophers. I stronglyrecommend it for graduate level courses." (Notre DamePhilosophical Reviews)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631193630
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Series: Great Debates in Philosophy Series , #9
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alvin Plantinga is John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophyat the University of Notre Dame. He is widely known for his work inepistemology and philosophy of religion, and is the author ofWarranted Christian Belief (2000). He is also editor (withMatthew Davidson) of Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality(2003).

Michael Tooley is Distinguished College Professor ofPhilosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is well knownfor his work in metaphysics and applied ethics, and is the authorof Time, Tense, and Causation (1997) and editor ofMetaphysics (5 volumes, 1999).

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Table of Contents

1 Against Naturalism Alvin Plantinga Plantinga, Alvin 1

2 Does God Exist? Michael Tooley Tooley, Michael 70

3 Reply to Tooley's Opening Statement Alvin Plantinga Plantinga, Alvin 151

4 Reply to Plantinga's Opening Statement Michael Tooley Tooley, Michael 184

5 Can Robots Think? Reply to Tooley's Second Statement Alvin Plantinga Plantinga, Alvin 218

6 Closing Statement and Response to Plantinga's Comments Michael Tooley Tooley, Michael 233

Bibliography 249

Index 257

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