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Two Dozen (or so) Arguments for GodThe Plantinga Project$
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Jerry L. Walls and Trent Dougherty

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190842215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190842215.001.0001

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The Argument from (A) to (Y)

The Argument from (A) to (Y)

The Argument from So Many Arguments

Chapter:
(Z) The Argument from (A) to (Y)
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Two Dozen (or so) Arguments for God
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Ted Poston

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190842215.003.0023

This chapter provides a Bayesian model of strength of evidence in cases in which there are multiple items of independent evidence. The author uses this Bayesian model to evaluate the strength of evidence for theism if, as Plantinga claims, there are two dozen or so arguments for theism. The model turns questions of the overall strength of multiple arguments into a simple summation problem. Moreover, it provides a clear framework for advancing questions about how relationships between the arguments bear on the overall strength of evidence for theism. The Bayesian model developed in this chapter has a wide-range of applications for modeling strength of evidence in cumulative case arguments.

Keywords:   Bayesian, cumulative case arguments, theism, evidence, Plantinga

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