Michael Martin

30 November 2006

Who is Michael Martin?

Micheal Martin is an atheist and frequent author who received a PHD in philosophy from Harvard university. He is currently a professor at Boston University.

Michael Martin has published a number of books, including his comprehensive Atheism: A Philosophical Justification, The Case against Christianity, and his most recent work Atheism, Morality, and Meaning. He is also a frequent contributor to the Secular Web.

What Does He Have to Say?

In addition to defending naturalistic ethics and the Problem of Evil, Martin maintains the controversial thesis that God language is meaningless. According to him, theists have failed to really explain what they are talking about. In his book The Case against Christianity, Martin expressed sympathy with the “Christ myth” view, which is by far the minority opinion even among atheists.

Main Responses

1. Critique of his articleThe Gap in Theistic Arguments. In this article, Martin claims that all theistic arguments fail to actually establish theism. See his original article.

2. Critique of his article Human Suffering and the Acceptance of God. In this article, Martin argues that the common theistic claim that suffering may increase belief in God is wrong. See his original article.

3. Michael Martin on the Cosmological Argument. In this article I critique Martin’s objections to the Kalam Cosmological Argument found in his book Atheism: A Philosophical Justification.

Book Reviews

1. Does God Exist? A Debate Between William Lane Craig and Antony Flew. Martin is one of the respondents in this book.

Other Responses

1. J.P. Holdings Extensive Critique of Martin’s The Case against Christianity.

2. Comments on Human Suffering and the Acceptance of God by J.P. Holding. An independent critique of the article by Martin. Holding and I converge on many points.

3. Theism and Contemporary Cosmology by Shandon Guthrie. This detailed defense of the Kalam Cosmological Argument contains a response to Michael Martin’s objections.


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