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Objecting to God.

Author: Colin Howson
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
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Argues that evidence purported to support a belief in God suggests our recognition of moral standards has an evolutionary explanation.
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Howson
ISBN: 9781139117135 1139117130 9780521768351 0521768357 9780521186650 052118665X 9781139127790 1139127799 9780511812477 0511812477
OCLC Number: 1105394378
Notes: 1. the ultimate santa claus.
Description: 1 online resource (234 p.)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1 Of human bondage; 1. THE PERILS OF PROPHECY; 2. NEW ATHEISM; 3. GOD OF OUR FATHERS; 4. CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER; 5. APOSTASY, WOMEN AND OTHER PROBLEMS; 6. EDUCATION FOR BELIEVERS; 7. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SELECTIVE; 8. YOUR LIFE ISN'T YOUR OWN; 9. ASSISTING A CRIME; 10. A MORAL HEALTH WARNING; 11. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE HOLY; 12. DO AS YOU'RE TOLD; 13. NONE SO BLIND . . .; 14. BACK TO THE FUTURE; 15. 'SAY NOT, THE STRUGGLE NAUGHT AVAILETH . . .'; EXERCISE; MAIN POINTS OF CHAPTER 1; Chapter 2 God unlimited. 1. ROCK(S) OF AGES2. LET THERE BE GOD!; 3. A NOTE ON RELIGIOUS EXPLANATION; 4. TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING; 5. AN ECHO DOWN THE AGES; 28 'FAR BE IT FROM GOD, THAT HE SHOULD DO WICKEDNESS'28; 7. I'VE ONLY GOT A FINITE MIND!; 8. THE NEW WORLD; 9. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR; 10. COPING WITH LOGICAL DISASTERS; 11. DEAD BUT HE WON'T LIE DOWN!; EXERCISE; MAIN POINTS OF CHAPTER 2; Chapter 3 How to reason if you must; 1. INFINITY-NOTHING; 2. THE PROSECUTOR'S FALLACY; 3. THE HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL TEST; 4. AND SO TO GOD; 5. THE LAWS OF PROBABILITY . . .; 6. ... AND WHAT FOLLOWS FROM THEM. 7. THE FALLACY EXPOSED8. MIRACLES AGAIN; 9. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD; 10. A SIMPLE SYLLOGISM; 11. FALSIFICATION AND TESTING; 12. SUBJECTIVISM; 31 'WHO IS THIS THAT DARKENETH COUNSEL ...?'; EXERCISE; MAIN POINTS OF CHAPTER 3; Chapter 4 The well-tempered universe; 1. IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE BANG . . .; 2. ... AND THE BANG WAS GOD --
OR WAS IT?; 3. WORLDS ENOUGH --
AND TIME; 4. FINE-TUNED --
FOR LIFE?; 5. THE PROSECUTOR'S RETURN; 6. THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE; 7. THE HUBRISTIC PRINCIPLE; 8. NO CHANCE; 9. FAREWELL TO THE FINE-TUNING PROBLEM; EXERCISE; MAIN POINTS OF CHAPTER 4. Chapter 5 What does it all mean?1. FROM HERE TO INFINITY; 2. THE SELF-MADE MAN; 3. CHANCES AGAIN; 4. SIMPLICITY AND SWINBURNE; 5. SOUNDING A SCEPTICAL NOTE; 6. A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: THE ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT; 7. SANTA REDUX; EXERCISE; MAIN POINTS OF CHAPTER 5; APPENDIX; Chapter 6 Moral equilibrium; 1. GOD OF THE GAPS; 2. THE MORAL LAW; 3. SELFISH ALTRUISM; 4. THE PRISONER'S DILEMMA; 5. THE LONG MARCH OF SCIENCE; 6. A VOTE AGAINST; 7. MORAL LAWS VS THE MORAL LAW; 8. A MORAL THEORY FOR HUMEAN BEINGS; 9. 'IF GOD DOES NOT EXIST, EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED'; 10. FAST FORWARD; 11. WHERE'S THE MORAL? 12. DAVID DRYASDUST?13. MORAL SYMMETRY; 14. HUME AND ARISTOTLE; EXERCISE; MAIN POINTS OF CHAPTER 6; APPENDIX: A.N. PRIOR'S ALLEGED COUNTEREXAMPLE TO HUME'S ARGUMENT; Chapter 7 What is life without thee?; 1. THE WATCHMAKER'S RETURN; 2. STARTING OUT; 3. THE 'PROBLEM OF CONSCIOUSNESS'; 4. TRUE BELIEF; 5. THE CHINESE ROOM; 6. WHITHER NOW?; 7. VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE; 8. VARIETIES OF MATHEMATICAL EXPERIENCE; 9. AND BEAUTY TOO?; 10. POOR GOD; EXERCISE; MAIN POINTS OF CHAPTER 7; APPENDIX: KNOWING WHAT THE MACHINE CAN'T KNOW: THE LUCAS-PENROSE ARGUMENT; Chapter 8 It necessarily ain't so.

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Argues that evidence purported to support a belief in God suggests our recognition of moral standards has an evolutionary explanation.

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