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Debates Great Debate

God or Blind Nature?

Philosophers Debate the Evidence (2007-2008)

Edited and with Introductions by

Paul Draper

General Introduction and Acknowledgements

Section One: Mind and Will

Introduction to Section One

Meet the Authors: Andrew Melnyk, Stewart Goetz, and Charles Taliaferro

Melnyk’s Argument


A Case for Physicalism about the Human Mind


Goetz & Taliaferro’s Objections


Objections to Melnyk’s Case for Physicalism


Melnyk’s Reply


Physicalism and the First-Person Point of View


Goetz & Taliaferro’s Argument


An Argument from Consciousness and Free Will


Melnyk’s Objections


Naturalism, Free Choices, and Conscious Experiences


Goetz & Taliaferro’s Reply


Reply to Melnyk’s Objections


Section Two: Evil and Evolution

Introduction to Section Two

Meet the Authors: Paul Draper and Alvin Plantinga

Draper’s Argument


Natural Selection and the Problem of Evil


Plantinga’s Objections


Objections to Draper’s Argument from Evil


Draper’s Reply


On the Plausibility of Naturalism and the Seriousness

of Arguments from Evil


Plantinga’s Argument


Naturalism vs. Evolution: A Religion/Science Conflict?


Draper’s Objections


In Defense of Sensible Naturalism


Plantinga’s Reply


Against “Sensible” Naturalism


Section Three: Science and the Cosmos

Introduction to Section Three

Meet the Authors: Quentin Smith, Paul Draper, and Robin Collins

Smith’s Argument


A Cosmological Argument for a Self-Caused Universe


Collins’ Objections


Objections to Smith’s Cosmological Argument


Draper & Smith’s Reply


Collins on Cannons and Cosmology


Collins’ Argument


The Case for Cosmic Design


Draper’s Objections


Collins’ Case for Cosmic Design


Collins’ Reply


Clarifying the Case for Cosmic Design


Section Four: Faith and Uncertainty

Introduction to Section Four

Meet the Authors: John Schellenberg and Jeffrey Jordan

Schellenberg’s Argument


What Divine Hiddenness Reveals, or How Weak Theistic Evidence is Strong Atheistic Proof


Jordan’s Objections


The Sounds of Silence: Why the Divine Hiddenness Argument Fails


Schellenberg’s Reply


The Sounds of Silence Stilled: A Reply to Jordan on Hiddenness


Jordan’s Argument


Theistic Belief and Religious Uncertainty


Schellenberg’s Objections


Jordan’s Jamesian Wager


Jordan’s Reply


On Joining the Ranks of the Faithful


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