“Sobel’s Acid Bath for Theism.” Review Article: Logic and Theism: Arguments for and against Beliefs in God, by Jordan Howard Sobel. William Lane Craig. Logic and Theism: Arguments for and Against Beliefs in God Jordan Howard Sobel Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, , Xix + Pp., $ The main emphasis of the book is on logic rather than theism. Consider Nevertheless, Sobel devotes densely packed pages to the ontological argument.

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Jordan Howard Sobel

Trivia About Logic and Theism In what way is one person’s belief in God different from another’s? This book is a valuable resource for philosophers of religion and theologians and interests logicians and mathematicians as well. Jordan Howard Sobel — The Logic of Miracles — Part 2: Request removal from index.

Sobel finds that although it is possible to define the given fheism in intelligible ways, none of those ways correspond to what most theists would like for their concept of God.

Sobel’s work here is precise, detailed, and, in the end, I think, accurate. Views Read Edit View history. Graham Oppy – – Philo 9 1: In an ocean of religious confusion, help us maintain a drop of sanity! It does not seem to me that such an action is performed frequently or that it is performed by psychologically normal jorean. This issue of the definition of “God” strikes me as the weakest part of the book. Refresh and try again. Find it on Scholar.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I should think that jorvan definition like “the ad powerful creator and ruler of the universe,” perhaps tacking on “who loves humanity,” would come closer to common usage and would have more relevance to the usual arguments for God’s existence to which people actually appeal.


Sobel analyzes the concept of God worthy of worship but not necessarily; he has nothing but bad things ojrdan say about descriptions of God as necessary or as essentially whatever various arguments for the existence of God those defending some sort of perfect-being theology, e. Howard Sobel — “. Sobel also neatly explores Hume’s attack on the argument from miracles.

But for the average person with an interest in arguments for and against God’s existence, it would be quite safe to pass it by.

Religious Jordqn in Philosophy of Religion. The arguments for the belief are analyzed in the first six chapters and include ontological arguments from Anselm through Godel; the cosmological arguments of Aquinas and Leibniz; and arguments from evidence for design and miracles.

His early publications focused on ethics, most notably utilitarianismand determinism.

In fact, all the main arguments for God’s existence are demolished in a most expert manner. But those who are more interested in theism than logic, especially the more common forms of theism, need to be cautioned strongly about it.

Jordan Howard Sobel, Logic and Theism: Arguments for and against beliefs in God Reviewed by

Jordan Howard Sobel – – Dialogue 22 2: Arguments for and Against Beliefs in God”. That calls for some appeal to the findings of physics, biology, and other sciences.

Christopher John marked it as to-read Jan 25, I taught philosophy to thousands of students, and not a single one of them ever put any stock in it. Wlodek Rabinowicz – – Theoria 76 3: And the “loving humanity” part would make connection with the argument from evil as well. Sidhu marked it as to-read Apr 11, He first takes up the evidential problem of evil and argues that the evidence we have makes atheism more likely than theism.


Kelli Potter added it Nov 28, Sobel is the author of more than 75 refereed publications in philosophy, as well as four books. Leonardo marked it as to-read Jun 10, The book is long, abstruse, joedan making ample use of symbolic logic and Bayesian notationand written in a rather difficult style.

Review of Logic and Theism

The Logic of Miracles — Part 5: Rather, I find that normal people usually just believe automatically in accord with their assessment of the evidence available to them, and do not make choices to believe or not to howward. Aside from the voluntarism issue, the chapter does a good job in exploring the various different practical reasons that advocates of the so-called ” Pascal’s wager ” have put forward.

Recommended for those with good training in philosophy and formal logic. The Logic of Miracles — Part 3: About Jordan Howard Sobel. Added to PP index Total downloads 8of 2, Recent downloads 6 howarv 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Most philosophers regard this as either cognitively meaningless or as a kind of play on words, a semantic puzzle to sort out if one has some extra time. Sign in to use this feature.

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