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1. Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Part of chapter 2 of Value and Virtue appears as “God and Morality” in Ethical Theory: An Anthology, 2nd edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), edited by Russ Shafer-Landau, pp. 242-252.  Part of chapter 1 appears as "God and the Meaning of Life" in Exploring the Meaning of Life (Wiley-Blackwell 2013), edited by Joshua W. Seachris, pp. 335-352.

"Even those ... who are out of sympathy with Wielenberg's approach, and his worldview, will find much that is worthwhile in this book. It is written with verve and clarity, and is for the most part highly accessible, yet densely packed with thoughtful and often provocative ideas and arguments. It bears the hallmark of having been forged in the lecture-room through vigorous debate, and it should provoke equally vigorous discussion among students and others. Altogether, it is a useful addition to the new and exciting wave of philosophical writing that is turning the skills of analytic philosophy back upon ancient and central questions about the meaning of human existence." - John Cottingham, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


"Erik J. Wielenberg in Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe ... respond[s] to the current malaise in atheism by engaging in respectful and serious debate with [his] opponents. Wielenberg presents an analytical philosopher's argument, beautifully restrained and precise." - Ronald Aronson, Bookforum

"[T]here is plenty in this book to appeal to atheists, theists, and agnostics alike.  It is both readable and rewarding; many interesting questions are raised, and at times novel and compelling solutions to old chestnuts are proposed.  Furthermore, the author keeps things lively by inserting creative stories, passages from literature, and a breadth of commentaries from other thinkers who have wrestled with the issues he addresses.  Anyone interested in the relationship between God, value, and virtue would benefit from adding this book to her collection." - Bradley Sickler, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

"Wielenberg’s rejection of arguments for the conclusion that naturalism is false because of its ethical implications—nihilism, relativism, hedonism, and/or egoism—is both clear and thought-provoking.  Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe is written in a clear and accessible style, such that it could be used as a text in an undergraduate course in philosophy of religion or ethics.  However, it is not overly simplistic; the arguments contained in the book are well-crafted and deserve careful attention.  Those who wish to defend the view that objective morality and meaning require God’s existence will find much to consider in this book." - Michael Austin, Philosophia Christi

"Wielenberg has written a worthwhile book, and he has done this with verve. His arguments are often provocative." - Luc Aerts, Ethical Perspectives

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2. God and the Reach of Reason: C.S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell, Cambridge University Press, 2007.



"Wielenberg's book is clear, precise, insightful, and philosophically rigorous. As someone who ultimately disagrees with his conclusions, I also appreciate the respect and charity towards the other side that is present in the pages of this work. I have used this book as a text in my philosophy of religion course, with much success. Anyone with an interest in the philosophical merits of the theistic arguments given by Lewis will profit from carefully reading God and the Reach of Reason." - Michael Austin, Philosophia Christi

"Today ... there are a slew of books that make the case for Lewis's merits as a philosopher. ... God and the Reach of Reason is a valuable addition to this genre. Wielenberg ... is a clear-headed analytic philosopher who knows Lewis's works and the relevant secondary literature well.  ... Wielenberg's God and the Reach of Reason offers an admiring yet critical appraisal of Lewis's principal arguments for Christian belief.  It is must reading for Lewis fans who value -- as Lewis himself pre-eminently did -- clear prose and rigorous logic." - Gregory Bassham, Faith and Philosophy

"God and the Reach of Reason is an enjoyable and informative read. ... Wielenberg's presentation of what he takes to be the views and arguments is extremely clear, and his criticisms of them fair and charitable. ... [T]he objections he offers are sound. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a critical interpretation and assessment of C.S. Lewis's views on religion." - Bruce Russell, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

“Readers who have appreciated the work of Lewis will be gratified by Wielenberg's suggestion, which is itself a major point of this book, that Lewis should be taken seriously as a philosopher.  He argues despite often being skeptical of Lewis's success, that Lewis contributed to twentieth-century thought in a number of important areas.  On the whole, God and the Reach of Reason is a thought-provoking work that touches on a number of interesting topics.” - John Giannini, Religious Studies Review

"Wielenberg is not a ranting atheist, but seeks to address these questions in a scholarly manner and with trust in the power of sheer argument. ... Its dialogical style makes this book an engaging read.  Unlike some books on the philosophy of religion in the analytical tradition, this piece is easily approachable, lucid, and intellectually nourishing.  Its introduction of several voices into the discussion helps keep the text going; it (almost) reads like a novel." - Olli-Pekka Vainio, The Journal of Inklings Studies

"A very interesting book creating a dialogue between C.S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell. ... One of the great strengths of the book is its systematic presentation of the arguments as a series of interrelated propositions, so that the reader can grasp exactly what is at stake.  A very worthwhile book for philosophically minded readers." - David Lorimer, Network Review

3. Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism, Oxford University Press, 2014.


Book co-edited:
1. New Waves in Philosophy of Religion, co-edited with Yujin Nagasawa, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

 

Book series co-edited: Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion, co-edited with Yujin Nagasawa:

 


Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
1. "Goodness without Qualification," The Journal of Value Inquiry 32:1 (March 1998), 93-104.

2. "Omnipotence Again," Faith and Philosophy 17:1 (January 2000), 26-47.  Russian translation in Philosophy of Religion: An Almanac 2006-2007, ed. by V.K Schokhin (Moscow: Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2007), 181-211.

3. "Many Are Culled But Few Are Chosen," Religious Studies 36:1 (March 2000), 81-93.

4. "Pleasure as a Sign of Moral Virtue in the Nicomachean Ethics," The Journal of Value Inquiry 34:4 (December 2000), 439-449.

5. "The New Paradox of the Stone Revisited," Faith and Philosophy 18:2 (April 2001), 261-268.

6. "How to be an Alethically Rational Naturalist," Synthese 131:1 (April 2002), 81-98.

7. "Pleasure, Pain, and Moral Character and Development," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 83:3 (September 2002), 282-299.

8. "A Morally Unsurpassable God Must Create the Best," Religious Studies 40:1 (March 2004), 43-62.

9.  "Egoism and Eudaimonia-Maximization in the Nicomachean Ethics," Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 26 (Summer 2004), 277-295.

10.  "Saving Character," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9:4 (August 2006), 461-491.

11. "Response to Maria Antonaccio," Conversations in Religion and Theology 4:2 (November 2006), 219-224 (invited).

12. "In Defense of Non-Natural, Non-Theistic Moral Realism," Faith and Philosophy 26:1 (January 2009), 23-41.

13. "Dawkins's Gambit,  Hume's Aroma, and God's Simplicity," Philosophia Christi 11:1 (Summer 2009), 111-125.

14. "On the Evolutionary Debunking of Morality," Ethics 120 (April 2010), 441-464,

15. "Objective Morality and the Nature of Reality," American Theological Inquiry 3:2 (July 2010), 77-84 (invited).

16. "Skeptical Theism and Divine Lies," Religious Studies 46:4 (2010), 509-523.

17. "God, Morality, and Meaning in Cormac McCarthy's The Road," The Cormac McCarthy Journal 8:1 (2010), 1-16.

18. "Aristotelian Love-making," in Adrianne L. McEvoy (ed.), Sex, Love, and Friendship: Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love: 1993-2003 (New York: Rodopi, 2011), 365-372.

19. "The Failure of Brown's New Supervenience Argument," Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy (October 2011).

20. "An Inconsistency in Craig's Defence of the Moral Argument," European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4:4 (2012), 49-58.

21. "Atheism and Morality," in Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 89-103 (invited).

22. "Divine Deception," in Trent Dougherty and Justin McBrayer (eds.), Skeptical Theism: New Essays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) (invited).

23. "Disgust, Moral Knowledge, and Virtue," in Nancy Snow and Franco Trivigno (eds.), The Philosophy and Psychology of Character and Happiness (New York: Routledge University Press, 2014), 91-112 (invited).


Book Reviews:
1. Review of Providence Lost, by Genevieve Lloyd, The Philosophers’ Magazine 45:2nd quarter, 2009, pp. 106-107 (invited).

2. Review of The Clarity of God's Existence: The Ethics of Belief after the Enlightenment, by Owen Anderson, Reviews in Religion and Theology 16:4 (2009), pp. 573-575 (invited).

3. Review of On the Intrinsic Value of Everything, by Scott A. Davison, Ethics 123:1 (October 2012): 141-6 (invited).

4. Review of Nature is Enough: Religious Naturalism and the Meaning of Life, by Loyal Rue, Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences 1:1 (2014): 134-8 (invited).

5. Review of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis, edited by Robert MacSwain and Michael Ward, English Studies 95:2 (2014): 226-7.

Non-academic Publications:
1. "Aslan the Terrible: Painful Encounters with Absolute Goodness," in The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy, edited by Gregory Bassham and Jerry Walls (Chicago: Open Court Press, 2005), 221-230.

2. "I Think, Therefore I Am Misunderstood" -- "My Turn" essay for Newsweek, October 16, 2006.

3. Op-ed piece on objective morality without God in the Shreveport Times, February 23, 2008.

Talks:
1. "Comments on 'Why Species Extermination is Wrong', by Ben Bradley," UMass Philosophy Graduate Student Colloquium, October 31, 1997.

2. "A New Approach to Omnipotence," 1998 Eastern Regional meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, University of Delaware, April 2-4, 1998.

3. "Moral Perfection and the No Best World Defense," 1999 Midwest Regional meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Marquette University, March 25-27, 1999.

4. "Pleasure, Pain, and Moral Character," fall meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association, Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, November 4, 2000.

5. "Aristotelian Love-Making," (i) Fifty-Second Annual Northwest Conference on Philosophy, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, November 10-11, 2000; (ii) Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in New York, December 27-30, 2000.

6. "Comments on Edward Wierenga's 'Trinity and Polytheism'", Sixth Biennial UMass Alumni Philosophy Conference, October 13, 2001.

7. "How to Be an Alethically Rational Naturalist," (i) Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, December 27-30, 2001; (ii) central division meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers at Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 7-9, 2002; (iii) 2002 Atlantic Region Philosophy Conference, University of Prince Edward Island, October 18-19, 2002.

8. "C.S. Lewis vs. the Atheists," DePauw University Faculty Research Colloqium, November 22, 2002.

9. "A Morally Unsurpassable God Must Create the Best," (i) 2003 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 12-15, 2003; (ii) Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Cleveland, Ohio, April 23-26, 2003.

10.  "Wielenberg and His Mass (Comments on Kaufman)," Seventh Biennial UMass Alumni Philosophy Conference,
October 11, 2003.

11.  "Aristotelian Egoism and Richard Kraut's Argument From Ostracism," Indiana Philosophical Association meeting,
Ball State University, November 1, 2003.

12.  "Egoism and Eudaimonia-Maximization in the Nicomachean Ethics," meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 22-25, 2004.

13. "Aquinasizing the Impeded-Function Argument (Comments on Sullivan)," Indiana Philosophical Association meeting, DePauw University, May 1, 2004.

14.  "Author Meets Critics: Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe," Eighth Biennial UMass Alumni Philosophy Conference, October 8, 2005.

15.  "Having Your Cake and Eating it Too: Objective Ethical Truth without God," (i) Forum on Religious Issues, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, March 6, 2006 (invited); (ii) West Virginia University, March 28, 2006 (invited); (iii) Florida Southern College, March 30, 2006 (invited); (iv) Wabash College, April 6, 2006 (invited); (v) Hanover College, May 17, 2006 (invited).

16.  "Bertrand Russell and C.S. Lewis: Two Peas in a Pod?" Bertrand Russell Society meeting at the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 27, 2006.

17. "God and Morality," University School, Cleveland, Ohio, January 9, 2007 (invited).

18. "Objective Ethics in a Godless Universe," (i) Center for Inquiry Transnational, Amherst, New York, April 13, 2007 (invited); (ii) The Jefferson Center, Ashland, Oregon, April 26, 2007 (invited); (iii) Lawrence University, April 30, 2007 (invited); (iv) Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana, February 25, 2008 (invited).

19. "Skeptical Theism and Divine Lies," (i) DePauw Faculty Forum, October 11, 2007; (ii) Fourth Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Baylor University, February 5-7, 2009; (iii) Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 8-12, 2009.

20. "On the Evolutionary Debunking of Morality," (i) Second Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, University of Colorado, Boulder, August 6-9, 2009; (ii) Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, California, March 31-April 3, 2010.

21, "Can Sociopaths Make Moral Judgments?" meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia, April 15-17, 2010.

22. "Divine Deception," (i) 2011 Midwest Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Hope College, February 24-26, 2011 (invited); (ii) Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association Meeting, University of Auckland, New Zealand, July 16-17, 2011 (invited); (iii) C.S. Lewis 50th Memorial Conference at Baylor University, November 23, 2013 (invited).

23. "Qualia and the Banality of Queerness," Naturalisms in Ethics Conference, University of Auckland, New Zealand, July 14-15, 2011 (invited).

24. "Objective Ethics in a Godless Universe," Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, April 3, 2012 (invited).

25. "Disgust and Moral Knowledge," meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder, June 21-23, 2012.

26. "Three Ways the Moral Can Supervene," (i) Fifth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Conference (RoME), University of Colorado, Boulder, August 9-12, 2012; (ii) Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop and Network (SPAWN), Syracuse University, August 14-16, 2012 (invited).

27. "Comments on Sharon Street's 'If There is a God, Then Everything (That Happens) is Permitted," Challenges to Religious and Moral Belief: Disagreement and Evolution, Purdue University, September 6-8, 2012 (invited).

28. "Interview with an Atheist" Panel Discussion with Trent Dougherty at the C.S. Lewis 50th Memorial Conference, Baylor University, November 22, 2013 (invited).