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reli122-exam2 - Mackie identifies and explain in detail how...

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A. Select # 1 or # 2. 1. In January, 2000, the Tennessee Titans pulled off a stunning last-second victory over the Buffalo Bills that football commentators promptly dubbed the “Music City Miracle.” Could a shocking sports upset rightfully be considered a miracle? Using three of the authors from our readings on miracles and divine providence, why or why not? What would be necessary in order for this event to qualify as a miracle? Would the assessment different authors give of this situation be changed if they knew that the Titans had prayed for victory before the game? How would Eleanore Stump respond to news of the prayer? 2. J. L. Mackie describes the problem of evil by arguing that theists often want to make a logically inconsistent set of claims about the nature of the divine and the nature of the world. Explain Mackie's account of the problem of evil with specific reference to the propositions he finds contradictory. Then identify three other authors we've read this semester who respond to the possible contradiction that
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Unformatted text preview: Mackie identifies, and explain in detail how each of those authors responds to the problem. B. Select # 3 or # 4. 3. In our readings on religion and science, we saw three major models of argument: independence, conflict, and dialogue. Similarly, in our readings on faith and reason, we encountered three positions: strong rationalism, fideism, and critical dialogue. With specific reference to at least four authors from our readings, briefly summarize each of these different positions, and then explain how these different sets of categories might relate to one another. 4. William Clifford enters a bar, and within five minutes he gets into a nasty brawl with Søren Kierkegaard. You notice Antony Flew and William James standing by the wall, and walk over to ask them what's going on. Why might Clifford and Kierkegaard be fighting? What would Flew and James have to say about the controversy?...
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