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Index: Assessing Theism in General and Christianity in Particular

Note: This is a work in progress.

0. Preliminaries:
0.1 On caring about and pursuing truth: here
0.2 On faith and reason: here and here.
0.3 On the theistic conception of God: here
0.4 On a Common Apologetic Strategy: here
0.5 On a Common Apologetic Fallacy: here
0.6 On Theism and the Burden of Proof: here.

1. Evaluation of Arguments for Theism
1.1 Cosmological arguments
1.1.1 The Leibnizian cosmological argument: part 1, part 2, part 3. Also: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here.
1.1.2 The kalam cosmological argument: here, herehere, here, here, here, here, here, and here (scroll down to the comments), here.
1.1.3 Thomistic cosmological arguments (and others): here, here.
1.1.4 O'Connor's abductive cosmological argument: here.
1.2 Design arguments:
1.2.1 Paley-style versions and fine-tuning versions: Here, here, here, here, here. See also here, here, and here, here, here, here, here.
1.2.2 Behe's irreducible complexity version: Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6. See also here, here.
1.2.3 Dembski's explanatory filter version: here, here, here.
1.2.4 Meyer's DNA version: here.
1.3 The ontological argument: here, herehere, here, here.
1.4 The moral argument: here, here, here, here.
1.5 Arguments from religious experience: here, here, here.
1.6 Arguments From Consciousness: Here, here, here.
1.7 The argument from abstract objects: here, here, here.
1.8 The argument from reason: here.
1.9 The argument from the effectiveness of mathematics: here.
1.10 Plantinga's argument from anti-realism: here.
1.11 Plantinga's argument from proper function: here, here, here, here.
1.12 Plantinga's Reformed Epistemology: herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here.
1.13 Plantinga's evolutionary argument against naturalism (EAAN): here, herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, see the comments section here, here, here, here.
1.14 Craig's Reformed Epistemology: here
1.15 Presuppositional apologetics: here, here.
1.16 Moser's case for rational belief: Here.
1.17 The argument from common consent: here.
1.18 Cumulative case arguments:
1.18.1 a general point: here
1.18.2 Swinburne's version: here, here, here.
1.19 Pragmatic arguments (overview here)
1.19.1 Pascal's Wager: here, here.
1.19.2 James' Will to Believe argument: here (skip down to section 1.3 of the outline), here, here.
1.19.3 Craig's arguments against atheistic morality, moral motivation, meaning, and purpose: here, herehere, here, here.

2. Evaluation of Arguments Against Theism
2.1 The Logical Problem of Evil: herehere, here, herehere, here, here, here, here.
2.2 The evidential problem of evil: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here.
2.3 The argument from religious diversity: here
2.4 Arguments from divine hiddenness, religious ambiguity, and reasonable non-belief: here, here.
2.5 The argument from evolution: here
2.6 The argument from the mind's dependence on the brain: here
2.7 The argument from the demographics of theism: here, here.
2.8 The argument from unreliable mechanisms for religious belief: here.
2.9 The argument from reasonable religious disagreement: here, here.
2.10 The argument from the impropriety of worship: here.
2.11 Arguments from the impropriety of belief: here, here.
2.12 The argument from ordinary morality: here, here.
2.13 The argument from material causality: here, here, here, here.
2.14 The argument from abstract objects: here.
2.15 The from revulsion/ugliness: here, here.
2.16 The argument from environmental mismatch: here.
2.17 The argument from meaning in life: here, here.
2.18 Ontological arguments against theim: here, here.
2.19 The argument for matter's necessity: here.

3. Evaluation of Arguments for Chrisitanity
3.1 Arguments for the reliability of the New Testament: here, here, here
3.2 Arguments for the deity of Jesus: here
3.3 Arguments for the resurrection of Jesus: here, here
4. Arguments Against Christian Theism
4.1 The argument for Jesus as a failed apocalyptic prophet: here and here (scroll down to the comments -- not the post)
4.2 Arguments against the reliability of the New Testament
4.3 Arguments from divinely-caused and/or mandated evil in the Old Testament: here, here, here, and here here
4.4 The argument from the doctrine of everlasting punishment: here, here.
4.5 The argument from evolution: here
4.6 Hume's argument against the rationality of belief in miracles: here, here, here, here, here, here, here,
4.7 The problem of identifying miracles given the Bible's hypothesis of "the Devil's Lying Wonders": here.
4.8 The argument from scientific evidence for the ineffectiveness of prayer: here, here, here. here.
4.9 The argument from the powerlessness of the gospel
4.10 The argument from non-obviousness: here.
4.11 The argument from material causality: here.
4.12 The argument from abstract objects: here.


John D said…
Definitely adding this to my bookmarks. Great stuff.
exapologist said…
Thanks, John.
Mitaad said…
Very nice indeed, thank you
Matt McCormick said…
This is a really useful list, Ex. Consider building this into the template of your site somehow so that this is quickly accessed. I have been putting links to all of my posts under general headings on the side of my site ( and it seems to get people to look at older posts a lot more than having to browse posts by their chronological order. MM
exapologist said…
Thanks, Matt. Great idea. I think I'll take up your advice on that.
Angra Mainyu said…
Great list, thanks.

FYI: It seems that the first link to the moral argument doesn't work.
exapologist said…
Thanks, Angra. Fixed.

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