Rationality, Atheism, and Mysteries. Prof. Matt McCormick Department of Philosophy California State University, Sacramento [email protected] What is an argument supposed to do? .
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Accept the conclusion.
If a reasonable person who does not already believe p:
then, that person is rationally committed to believing p.
Some people say no:
In general, (it is alleged) you cannot prove a negative because:
Doug Bower and Dave Chorley from Southampton, England made the crop circles that had been showing up in English fields for 15 years.
In 1993, Christian Spurling admitted that 60 years earlier, he and Duke Wetherall had faked this picture with a plastic and wood head over the body of a toy submarine with the intention of embarrassing a British newspaper.
Consider these gods:
A person is justified in believing that X does not exist if all of these conditions are met:
Now we have what appears to be a successful argument:
Several claims are often made about our inability to understand God:
The question is, what attitude is reasonable to take towards things that are at or beyond the limits of our abilities?