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Keith Augustine

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Book Review: Whatever Happened to the Soul? (2000)

A review of Whatever Happened to the Soul? edited by Warren Brown, Nancey Murphy, and H. Newton Malony. The book attempts to reconcile Christian theology with the scientific evidence against the existence of a soul.

A Brief Case for Atheism (1997)

An argument against the existence of God based on the lack of evidence for God's existence where, given God's nature, we would expect to find such evidence.

Can Mystical Experience be a Perception of God? A Critique of William Alston's Perceiving God (1999)

William Alston's Perceiving God argues that some mystical experiences should be regarded as perceptions of God analogous to the perception of physical objects in sense experience. I conclude that there are several reasons for doubting that mystical experience generally--or Christian mystical experience specifically--can be a form of perception, even given Alston's epistemic commitments.

The Case Against Immortality (1997)

An analysis of the philosophical arguments and scientific evidence against life after death which weighs the parapsychological evidence for survival of bodily death against the physiological evidence for the dependence of consciousness on the brain This essay is divided into four main sections: Defining the Problem, The Philosophical Case Against Immortality, The Scientific Case Against Immortality, and Postscript on Survival.

Death and the Meaning of Life (2000)

This essay considers whether life is inherently meaningless if death is the permanent end of our conscious existence and our lives are not part of a higher purpose.

A Defense of Naturalism (2001)

The first part of this essay discusses what naturalism in the philosophy of religion should entail for one's ontology, considers various proposed criteria for categorizing something as natural, uses an analysis of these proposed criteria to develop theoretical criteria for both the natural and nonnatural, and develops a set of criteria for identifying a potentially supernatural event in practice. The second part of the essay presents a persuasive empirical case for naturalism based on the lack of uncontroversial evidence for any potential instances of supernatural causation, with particular emphasis on the lack of evidence for supernatural causation in our modern scientific account of the history of the universe and in modern parapsychological research.

Hallucinatory Near-Death Experiences (2008)

Even if we disregard the overwhelming evidence for the dependence of consciousness on the brain, there remains strong evidence from reports of near-death experiences themselves that NDEs are not glimpses of an afterlife.

In Defense of Moral Subjectivism: An Argument for the Subjectivity of Moral Values (1997)

An argument that objective moral values probably do not exist if naturalism is true and a defense of the coherence of moral subjectivism.

Moral Subjectivism Revisited (1998)

A rebuttal to Theodore Schick, Jr.'s "Is Morality a Matter of Taste?"

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