Monday, April 16, 2012

MCCC Philosophy of Religion Final Exams

For my MCCC Philosophy of Religion Students

Your final oral exams will be on Main Campus in room A-153.

The exam questions are:

  1. Nietzsche's "Parable of the Madman"
  2. Bertrand Russell's "A Free Man's Worship"
  3. Alvin Plantinga on God-belief as Properly Basic
  4. Stephen Jay Gould's "NOMA"
Extra credit - optional: Plantinga - A Modal Version of the Ontological Argument for God's Existence.


1. It is possible that a necessarily existing being exists.
2. Therefore, God exists.

If you accept Premise 1 then you must, says Plantinga, logically conclude (by modal logic) that 2 follows.

Another version:

1. There is a possible world where maximal greatness is instantiated.
2. Therefore, a maximally great being exists.