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GOD IS BACK. FOR GOD'S SAKE.
Submitted by seddon on Sun, 2007-09-02 02:05
Is God making a come-back as a topic for Objectivists? I guess the answer is “yes” if one judges by the latest issue of JARS. Two articles are devoted to the topic and both find Objectivist thinkers wanting. The main charges seem to be (1) that we are out of touch with the latest developments in the field; and (2) that the standard arguments employed or endorsed by Objectivists are either instances of beggining the question or straw man.
Stephen E. Parrish is the author of “God and Objectivism” while Patrick Toner titles his piece, “Objectivist Atheology.” I think both of these guys would be happy to consider Objectivists up to date if they read some of the current (and not so current) literature on the topic. If one had to name the man who almost single handedly reinvigorated a field that had been moribund since Kant put a stake in its heart (gotta love that Kant--tee hee) it would be Alvin Plantinga and his 1967 work GOD AND OTHER MINDS. So if you want to fight a flesh man instead of a straw man, check him out.
And if you need some intellectual ammunition for our side, let me mention two book by former collegues of mine, both of whom are also cited by Parrish. The first is Richard Gale’s 1991 ON THE EXISTENCE AND NATURE OF GOD from Cambridge. I really loved this guy and hated the day he retired from Pitt. He had a picture of the Three Stooges in his office and was a devoted lover of Verdi. How’s that for a combination.
The second is Ted Drange’s 1998 NONBELIEF AND EVIL from Prometheus Books. Ted was my secretary-treasurer at the West Virginia Philosophical Society from 1988 until he retired in 2000. He was always giving speeches at the West Virginia Philosophical Soceity for atheism while I was doing the same for Rand. SOLOists should really enjoy both of these books. They have a level of sophistication to satisfy even the most astute SOLOist. Enjoy folks.
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