Review: Jordan Howard Sobel. New York: Cambridge University Press. The book is long, abstruse, technical making ample use of symbolic logic and Bayesian notation , and written in a rather difficult style. Nevertheless, for those up to reading it who have an interest in its topics, it is a most valuable work. It is directed mainly at professional analytical philosophers with a background in both deductive and inductive logic.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This book includes arguments for and against belief in God. 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. The next two chapters consider arguments against belief. The last chapter examines This book includes arguments for and against belief in God.

The last chapter examines Pascalian arguments for and against belief in God. This book is a valuable resource for philosophers of religion and theologians and interests logicians and mathematicians as well. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 28, David Goetz rated it liked it Shelves: philosophy. A large, impressive, and difficult book. Sobel analyzes the concept of God worthy of worship but not necessarily; he has nothing but bad things to 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.

Each chapter is followed by pertinent appendices, which typically give more detail on the chapter's argument or focus more on response to a particular interlocutor, often using extensive symbolic logic and Bayesian probability a fair amount of which was and will remain above my pay-grade. The body of each chapter is significantly more accessible than the appendices, but I want to be clear that even these "more accessible" parts are densely argued and unforgiving to the philosophically uninitiated.

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A review with brief responses to some of the main arguments in Sobel's wide-ranging critique of theism, including his treatment of the cosmological, teleological, and ontological arguments, the problem of evil, and the problem of miracles. This is an impressive book, a truly extraordinary achievement. I can think of no other treatment of theism, whether by theist or non-theist, comparable to it. Its combination of wide-ranging scope and penetrating analysis makes it a unique contribution to philosophical theology. Fortunately for the sake of readability much of the heavy-duty work is reserved for the multiple appendices that cluster at the close of nearly every chapter. The book is thus marked by tremendous rigor, helping to clarify exactly which premises are at stake in the debate between theists and atheists.


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Logic and Theism: Arguments for and against Beliefs in God

Jordan Howard Sobel 22 September — 26 March was a Canadian-American philosopher specializing in ethics , logic , and decision theory. He was a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto , Canada. He went on to earn an M. His dissertation, titled "What if everyone did that? The same year he joined the University of Toronto, where he taught for 28 years until his retirement in Sobel has enjoyed a close relationship with the University of Uppsala , Sweden, holding two visiting professorships in , , —, and then onwards until


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