Rawlings School of Divinity
Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (MA)
Religion, epistemology, philosophy, apologetics, probability, Christianity
Philosophy | Religion
Wilson, David Keith, "A Two-part Rebuttal of Probability-based Arguments Against Christian Theism" (2022). Masters Theses. 873.
This thesis addresses probability-based arguments (PA) from atheism against theism. This popular form of atheistic argument, rather than arguing that there is no such being as God, instead argues that God’s existence is very improbable. This would imply that the theist is unjustified in their belief, and therefore epistemically obligated to forsake their belief. By pairing a cumulative warrant with Alvin Plantinga’s inside straight argument, it is shown that the theist is under no such obligation. As there are many things that are unlikely as well as true, it can be that theism is both unlikely and true. Therefore, the theist remains justified in their belief regardless of how unlikely it may or may not be.