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By Andrei A. Buckareff, Yujin Nagasawa

The concept that of God in response to conventional Judeo-Christian-Islamic theism minimally comprises the subsequent theses: (i) there's one God; (ii) God is an omniscient, all-powerful, and morally ideal agent; (iii) God is the author ex nihilo of the universe and the sustainer of all that exists; and (iv) God is an immaterial substance that's ontologically special from the universe. Proponents of other concepts Read more...


in line with conventional Judeo-Christian-Islamic theism, God is an omniscient, all-powerful, and morally excellent agent. This quantity exhibits that philosophy of faith must take seriously Read more...

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I used to think that Pervasive Awareness implied divine awareness of everything, including possibilia. But the case for Pervasive Awareness derives from the requirement not to posit unnecessary limits. Unlike Perfect Being Theology, it does not warrant assigning a novel power to God, merely not limiting a power to which PAM is already committed. Because in the human case our imagination is the awareness of what are actually the case (brain processes) representing some but not other possibilities, this does not extrapolate to a divine imagination.

I say, therefore, that someone whose prior probability for theism is 0% is a Bayes-proof atheist. Of course, otherwise confirming evidence is not going to affect a prior probability of 100% either, but nor will evidence that would significantly disconfirm a hypothesis with prior probability in the range 10% to 90%. So I call that Bayes-proof theism. Finally, if we represent complete suspension of judgement as the whole interval of probabilities 0% to 100%, then that is Bayes-proof agnosticism. For such Bayes-proof attitudes, the Fitz Omar thesis typically holds (Fitzgerald 1859, quatrain 27): Myself when young did eagerly frequent Doctor and Saint, and heard great argument About it and about: but evermore Came out by the same door where in I went.

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