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    Super-Psi and the Survivalist Interpretation of Mediumship.Michael Sudduth - 2010 - Journal of Scientific Exploration 23 (2).
    According to the survivalist interpretation of mediumship, the existence of discarnate persons provides the best explanation for the data associated with physical and mental mediumship. Others—advocates of what is often called the “super-psi hypothesis”—maintain that the data of mediumship may be at least equally explained in terms of living agent psi. Many defenders of the survivalist interpretation of mediumship attempt to defl ate the alleged explanatory virtues of the super-psi hypothesis by arguing that the hypothesis is unfalsifi able and lacks (...)
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    The James Leininger Case Re-Examined.Michael Sudduth - 2022 - Journal of Scientific Exploration 35 (4).
    In this article, I examine an ostensible case of the reincarnation type previously investigated and analyzed by Jim Tucker, M.D. of the University of Virginia. The case concerns James Leininger, a young boy who beginning around age two in 2000 and for several years thereafter began exhibiting behaviors and making claims that were later believed to resemble the life and death of World War II fighter pilot James Huston, Jr. The James Leininger story is widely regarded as a superior American (...)
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  3. Reformed Epistemology and Christian Apologetics.Michael Sudduth - 2003 - Religious Studies 39 (3):299-321.
    It is a widely held viewpoint in Christian apologetics that in addition to defending Christian theism against objections (negative apologetics), apologists should also present arguments in support of the truth of theism and Christianity (positive apologetics). In contemporary philosophy of religion, the Reformed epistemology movement has often been criticized on the grounds that it falls considerably short of satisfying the positive side of this two-tiered approach to Christian apologetics. Reformed epistemology is said to constitute or entail an inadequate apologetic methodology (...)
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    The Internalist Character and Evidentialist Implications of Plantingian Defeaters.Michael Czapkay Sudduth - 1999 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 45 (3):167-187.
  5. Revisiting the ‘Reformed Objection’ to Natural Theology.Michael Sudduth - 2009 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 1 (2):37-62.
    In the present paper I address two significant and prevalent errors concerning to natural theology within the Reformed theological tradition. First, contrary to Alvin Plantinga, I argue that the idea of properly basic theistic belief has not motivated or otherwise grounded opposition to natural theology within the Reformed tradition. There is, in fact, a Reformed endorsement of natural theology grounded in the notion that theistic belief can be properly basic. Secondly, I argue that late nineteenth- and twentieth-century Reformed criticisms of (...)
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    Signs of Reincarnation: Exploring Beliefs, Cases, and Theory by James Matlock.Michael Sudduth - 2021 - Journal of Scientific Exploration 35 (1).
    James Matlock’s Signs of Reincarnation discusses important issues related to the belief in reincarnation. These include the historical and social prominence of this belief in various cultures around the world, especially its place in spiritual and religious communities. Matlock also explores data seemly suggestive of reincarnation and attempts to develop a theory of reincarnation that can account for the data collected by parapsychological investigators and researchers. In this way, Matlock aims to show that belief in reincarnation is defensible as a (...)
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  7. Can Religious Unbelief Be Proper Function Rational?Michael Czapkay Sudduth - 1999 - Faith and Philosophy 16 (3):297-314.
    This paper presents a critical analysis of Alvin Plantinga’s recent contention, developed in Warranted Christian Belief (forthcoming), that if theism is true, then it is unlikely that religious unbelief is the product of properly functioning, truth-aimed cognitive faculties. More specifically, Plantinga argues that, given his own model of properly basic theistic belief, religious unbelief would always depend on cognitive malfunction somewhere in a person’s noetic establishment. I argue that this claim is highly questionable and has adverse consequences for Plantinga’s epistemology (...)
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    Calvin, Plantinga, and the Natural Knowledge of God: A Response to Beversluis.Michael Czapkay Sudduth - 1998 - Faith and Philosophy 15 (1):92-103.
    In this paper I present a critical response to several claims made by John Beversluis on the closely allied topics of natural knowledge of God and the noetic effects of sin in relation to the work of John Calvin and Alvin Plantinga. I challenge Beversluis’ claim that Plantinga has misconstrued Calvin’s position on the sensus divinitatis and that he has weakened Calvin’s doctrine of the noetic effects of sin. Moreover, I develop a coherent case for the sense in which Calvin (...)
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  9. John Calvin.Michael Sudduth - 2009 - In Graham Robert Oppy & Nick Trakakis (eds.), Medieval Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 2. Oxford University Press. pp. 3--47.
     
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  10. Pico Della Mirandola's Philosophy of Religion.Michael Sudduth - 2008 - In M. V. Dougherty (ed.), Pico Della Mirandola: New Essays. Cambridge University Press.
  11. The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology.Michael Sudduth - 2009 - Routledge.
    Michael Sudduth examines three prominent objections to natural theology that have emerged in the Reformed streams of the Protestant theological tradition: objections from the immediacy of our knowledge of God, the noetic effects of sin, and the logic of theistic arguments. Distinguishing between the project of natural theology and particular models of natural theology, Sudduth argues that none of the main Reformed objections is successful as an objection to the project of natural theology itself. One particular model of natural theology (...)
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    Bi-Level Evidentialism and Reformed Apologetics.Michael L. Czapkay Sudduth - 1994 - Faith and Philosophy 11 (3):379-396.
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    A Critical Response to David Lund's Argument for Postmortem Survival.Michael Sudduth - 2013 - Journal of Scientific Exploration 27 (2).
    In Persons, Souls and Death, David Lund presents a cumulative case argument for postmortem survival based on the ostensible explanatory power of survival in relation to data drawn from psychical research. In this paper I argue that the survival hypothesis does not satisfy at least two necessary explanatory criteria accepted and deployed by Lund. First, the data that the survival hypothesis ostensibly explains are not otherwise improbable, as much if not all of the data may be adequately accounted for in (...)
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    The Prospects for 'Mediate' Natural Theology in John Calvin.Michael L. Czapkay Sudduth - 1995 - Religious Studies 31 (1):53-68.
    In the present paper I consider the plausibility of a mediate natural theology in John Calvin. First, utilizing Robert Audi's distinction between 'episodically' and 'structurally' inferential beliefs, I show that a plausible case can be made for the compatibility of a mediate theology corresponding to both these forms of inferential belief with salient features of Calvin's theology. Second, I apply Calvin's view on arguments for Scripture to theistic belief and suggest a way of construing natural theology as an intra-faith practice (...)
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