Discussing the arguments by Descartes, St. Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, William Paley, Kant, and others, as analyzed in J.L. Mackie's The Miracle of Theism: Arguments For and Against the Existence of God (1983), chapters 1-3, 5-6, 8, and 11. We also touch on Richard Swinburne's Is There a God? (1996).
Are the ontological, cosmological, and teleological (argument from design) arguments for God's existence any good? Mackie, a very sharp analytic philosopher well hooked into recent advances in philosophy of science, says no. He's chiefly responding to his Oxford colleague, Richard Swinburne, who takes a very rationalist approach to God, taking the concept of God to be wholly simple and intelligible and providing a superior scientific explanation for, e.g. the beginning of the universe than the brute fact of an ultimately uncaused physical universe. Read more about the topic.
Running Time: 1 hr., 43 min. Recorded: August 7, 2011. Participants: Mark, Wes, Seth, and Robert Scott.
As a bonus, your purchase includes a high-bitrate mp3 of the song that concludes the episode, “I Believe,” by Mark Lint (2011).