Divine intervention and the conservation of energy: a reply to Evan Fales

  • Robert Larmer


Evan Fales has recently argued that, although I provide the most promising approach for those concerned to defend belief in divine intervention, I nevertheless fail to show that such belief can be rational. I argue that Fales’ objections are unsuccessful.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada

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