The Most Important Philosophy of Religion Articles

Fall 2007 Reading
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This list by Matthew Mullins of the Prosblogion is a couple of years old, but it’s a nice collection.  He considers the following to be the most important journal articles in philosophy of religion published between 1950 and 2000.  Looks like fascinating reading!

The list isn’t too long, so I’ll include it here.

1950s
JL Mackie, Evil and Omnipotence, 1955
JJC Smart, The Existence of God, 1955
Majid Fakry, The Classical Islamic Arguments for the Existence of God, 1957
Nicholas Rescher, The Ontological Proof Revisited, 1959
Jaakko Hintikka, On the Logic of the Ontological Argument, 1969
GEM Anscombe, Modern Moral Philosophy, 1958

1960s
William Alston, The Ontological Argument Revisited, 1960
Norman Malcolm, Anselm’s Ontological Arguments, 1960
Jan Berg, An Examination of the Ontological Proof, 1961
George Mavrodes, Some Puzzles Concerning Omnipotence, 1963
Frederick Fitch, The Perfection of Perfection, 1963
George Schlesinger, The Problem of Evil and the Problem of Suffering, 1964
Michael Dummett, Bringing About the Past, 1964
Nelson Pike, Divine Omniscience and Voluntary Action, 1965
Alvin Plantinga, The Free Will Defense, 1965
Haig Khatchadourian, God, Happiness and Evil, 1966
Kai Nielsen, Wittgensteinian Fideism, 1967
Marilyn Adams, Is the Existence of God a ‘Hard’ Fact?, 1967
Roderick Chisholm, The Defeat of Good and Evil, 1968
Nelson Pike, Omnipotence and God’s Ability to Sin, 1969
D Bennett, The Divine Simplicity, 1969
Anthony Kenny, Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom, 1969

1970s
David Lewis, Anselm and Actuality, 1970
William Mann, The Ontological Presuppositions of the Ontological argument, 1972
Ian Hacking, The Logic of Pascal’s Wager, 1972
Robert Adams, Must God Create the Best?, 1972
Antony Flew, The Presumption of Atheism, 1972
Robert Adams, A Modified Divine Command Conception of Ethical Wrongness, 1973
G. Stanley Kane, The Failure of Soul-Making Theodicy, 1975
Robin Attfield, The God of Religion and the God of Philosophy, 1975
William Rowe, The Ontological Argument and Question-Begging, 1976
Bruce Reichenbach, Natural Evils and Natural Law: A Theodicy for Natural Evils, 1976
Norman Malcolm, The Groundlessness of Belief, 1977
Peter van Inwagen, Ontological Arguments, 1977
Richard LaCroix, Augustine on the Simplicity of God, 1977
Robert Adams, Middle Knowledge and the Problem of Evil, 1977
Richard Swinburne, Natural Evils, 1978
Peter van Inwagen, The Possibility of Resurrection, 1978
Robert Adams, Existence, Self-Interest, and the Problem of Evil, 1979
Robert Adams, Moral Arguments for Theistic Belief, 1979
William Wainwright, Augustine on God’s Simplicity: A Reply, 1979
William Rowe, The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism, 1979
Joshua Hoffman, Can God Do Evil?, 1979
Alvin Plantinga, The Probabilistic Argument from Evil, 1979
Philip Quinn, Divine Command Ethics: A Causal Theory, 1979

1980s
Norman Kretzmann & Eleonore Stump, Eternity, 1981
Alvin Plantinga, Is Belief in God Properly Basic?, 1981
Theodore Guleserian, God and Possible Worlds: The Modal Problem of Evil, 1983
Norman Kretzmann & Isaac Abraham, Euthyphro: God and the Basis of Morality, 1983
William Alston, Perceiving God, 1986
Peter van Inwagen, The Place of Chance in a World Sustained by God, 1988
Peter van Inwagen, The Magnitude, Duration and Distribution of Evil, 1988
Marilyn Adams, Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God, 1989
Paul Draper, Pain and Pleasure: An Evidential Problem for Theists, 1989

1990s
William Alston, Some Suggestions for Divine Command Theorists, 1990
Peter van Inwagen, The Problem of Evil, the Problem of Air, and the Problem of Silence, 1991

2000s
David Lewis, Evil for Freedom’s Sake?, 2000
Lynne Rudder Baker, Why Christians Should Not be Libertarians: An Augustinian Challenge, 2003
Linda Zagzebski, Omniscience and the Arrow of Time, 2002

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2 thoughts on “The Most Important Philosophy of Religion Articles

  1. Thanks for passing this along. It is interesting to see which issues are being discussed and who is involved in the discussion.

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