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The Miracle of Theism 10: Religious Experience and Natural Histories of Religion


Mackie looks at the argument from religious experience. His basic case is that naturalistic explanations can account for these experiences without having to appeal to anything extra. They simply use psychological principles in the background evidence. His argument from the natural histories of religion is not really an argument for atheism as much as it is a further response to the argument from religious experiences. He sets up many naturalistic accounts of where the psychological ‘drive’ for religion came from, thus undermining the claim that we need to appeal to a supernatural realm to explain these experiences.

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