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Two Excellent Recent Papers from Richard Otte

"Comparative Confirmation and the Problem of Evil" in Probability in the Philosophy of Religion eds. Jake Chandler and Victoria S. Harrison, Oxford University Press, 2012.
"Theory Comparison in Science and Religion" in Reason, Metaphysics, and Mind: New Essays on the Philosophy of Alvin Plantinga, eds. Kelly James Clark and Michael Rea, Oxford University Press, pp. 86-99, 2012.
(You already knew about this one.)

Tomas Bogardus on the "Elsewhere, Elsewhen" Objection to Religious Belief

Tomas Bogardus is an excellent young philosopher at Pepperdine University. Below is a video of his nice presentation on (what he calls) the "Elsewhere, Elsewhen" objection to religious belief. The presentation was a part of the Spring 2013 Young Philosophers Lecture Series at SUNY Fredonia.

Subscribers to this blog may also be interested in some of his other work.  See, for example, his interesting defense of dualism in a forthcoming issue of Phil. Studies. He also has papers on the epistemology of disagreement, and has applied his view (a version of the Equal Weight view) to the problem of peer disagreement with respect to religious belief. One thing that's unique and interesting about Bogardus' position is his contention that the Equal Weight view does not entail that epistemic peer disagreement undercuts religious belief.

Announcement: Symposium on Philipse's God in the Age of Science: A Critique of Religious Reason

WHEN: Friday June 21, 10am-4pm COST: $30 per person, includes morning and afternoon coffee - attendees to cater for their own lunch.
DETAILS: As a prelude to the 2013 Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association Conference 'Religion and Science, Theism and Atheism' APRA will be hosting a Symposium with Professor Herman Philipse (University of Utrecht, NL) focused on his recent book "God in the Age of Science: A Critique of Religious Reason" Oxford University Press, 2012.
Philipse's book, aimed at a scholarly philosophical audience, offers one of the most significant critiques of metaphysical theology to be published in recent years and stands as a challenging criticism to some of the most influential contemporary theistic philosophy (paying particular attention to the work of Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne). 
The three major sections of Philipse's book will be addressed and critically engaged by Bishop, Oppy and Quadrio with a response from Professor Phi…

Special Forthcoming Issue of The Monist on Cognitive Science of Religion

(H/T Prosblogion). Table of contents and abstracts below:

The Monist 96:3 July 2013, "Naturalizing Religious Belief" Advisory Editor: James Beebe (University at Buffalo) Justin L. Barrett & Ian M. Church (Fuller Theological Seminary), "Should CSR Give Atheists Epistemic Assurance? On Beer-Goggles, BFFs, and Skepticism Regarding Religious Beliefs" John Teehan (Hofstra University), "The Cognitive Bases of the Problem of Evil" Jason Marsh (St. Olaf College), "Darwin and the Problem of Natural Nonbelief" Steven Horst (Wesleyan University), "Notions of Intuition in the Cognitive Science of Religion" Adam Green (Azusa Pacific University), "Cognitive Science and the Natural Knowledge of God" Paul Draper (Purdue University) & Ryan Nichols (California State University, Fullerton), "Diagnosing Bias in Philosophy of Religion" Konrad Talmont-Kaminski (University of Finance and Management, Warsaw), "For God and Country, Not …

New Philosophy Compass Article on Non-Hickian Accounts of Religious Pluralism

Ruhmkorff, Samuel. "The Incompatibility Problem and Religious Pluralism: Beyond Hick", Philosophy Compass 8:5 (May 2013), 510-522. (subscription required)
Abstract: Religious pluralism is the view that more than one religion is correct, and that no religion enjoys a special status in relation to the ultimate. Yet the world religions appear to be incompatible. How, then, can more than one be correct? Discussions and critiques of religious pluralism usually focus on the work of John Hick, yet there are a number of other pluralists whose responses to this incompatibility problem are importantly different from Hick’s. This article surveys the solutions of Hick, Harrison, Heim, Byrne, and Knitter to the incompatibility problem. I conclude that, while none of these views is without weakness, there are several promising pluralist solutions to this problem. Moreover, confessionalists (i.e. exclusivists and inclusivists) must also address issues related to incompatibility.
And if a c…

Announcement: The Epistemology of Atheism

Wednesday, June 26 2013 - Friday, June 28 2013 University of Lorraine
Nancy France
DetailsLaboratoire d'Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie-Archives Poincaré (CNRS, UMR 7117) Université de Lorraine, Nancy (France) 91, Avenue de la Libération, Nancy Salle Internationale de la MSH Lorraine (3rd floor) Organized by: Michel Bastit (Laboratoire d’Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie-Archives Poincaré, Nancy, Université de Lorraine & CNRS, UMR 7117)  Roger Pouivet (Laboratoire d’Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie-Archives Poincaré, Nancy, Université de Lorraine & CNRS, UMR 7117) Darek Lukasiewicz (Department of Philosophy, University Kazimierz Wielki, Bydgoszcz, Poland)
Wednesday 26 June Morning Session 09:30-10:00 : Welcome 10:00-11h00 Roger Pouivet, Université de Lorraine/LHPS-Archives Poincaré, Nancy : A Short Introduction to the Epistemology of Atheism 11:00-12:00John Schellenberg, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada : The Epistemology of Modest Atheism Wednesday …