Natural signs and knowledge of god: A new look at theistic arguments

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Evans, Charles Stephen. (2010). Natural signs and knowledge of god: A new look at theistic arguments Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217168.001.0001
AuthorsEvans, Charles Stephen
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This book introduces the concept of theistic natural signs. It argues that these signs, the concept of which comes from a modified and expanded account of Reidian natural signs, provide sufficient evidence to support belief in God for at least some people. The book first explains the Reidian account of natural signs and adapts that account to provide the framework for theistic natural signs. The book then argues that theistic natural signs provide the intuitions that undergird many of the cosmological, teleological, and moral arguments for God's existence. Cosmic wonder, beneficial order, perception of the self as a responsible and accountable moral agent, and perception of the value of the human person are four natural signs that the book considers at length. It is argued that theistic natural signs should be consistent with the Pascalian constraints formalized in the Wide Accessibility and Easy Resistibility principles, and that each of the four signs mentioned does meet those standards. While it is not argued that theistic natural signs provide a conclusive proof for God, it is maintained that they do provide significant evidence for anyone whose epistemic stance is sufficient to avoid general skepticism. Even though these natural signs, taken alone, may lead only to a thin theism and do not provide what is necessary for a meaningful faith in God, they do provide important overall support for theism.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217168.001.0001
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PublisherOxford University Press
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