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How Not to Defend Natural Theology: Reply to Woldeyohannes

by Paul K. Moser

Doubt is definitely appropriate when one advocates the evidential value of “arguments of natural theology” without presenting any such argument for careful assessment.

Tedla Woldeyohannes (hereafter TW) advocates in just this overly protective manner. According to this reply, such advocacy must yield to the presentation and assessment of an actual argument of natural theology. Otherwise, it is too easy for one’s high hopes for natural theology, coupled with social pressure from one’s peers and teachers, to get the best of one by neglecting logical and evidential deficiencies in arguments.

This reply shows that TW does not avoid some serious misgivings about arguments of natural theology, and that therefore his defense fails.

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