"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
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
that is turning the skills of analytic philosophy
back upon ancient and
central questions about the meaning of human
existence." - John
"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
Wielenberg presents an analytical philosopher's
restrained and precise." - Ronald Aronson,
"[T]here is plenty in this book to appeal to
atheists, theists, and
agnostics alike. It is both readable and
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,
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
for Philosophy of Religion
"Wielenberg’s rejection of
arguments for the conclusion that
naturalism is false because of its ethical
relativism, hedonism, and/or egoism—is both
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
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
"Wielenberg's book is clear, precise, insightful, and
rigorous. As someone who ultimately disagrees with his
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
Reason." - Michael Austin, Philosophia Christi
"Today ... there are a slew of books that
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
-- clear prose and rigorous logic." - Gregory Bassham, Faith
"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
Bruce Russell, Notre
“Readers who have appreciated the work of Lewis will be
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
contributed to twentieth-century thought in a number of
areas. On the whole, God and the Reach of
Reason is a
thought-provoking work that touches on a number of
- John Giannini, Religious Studies Review
"Wielenberg is not a ranting atheist, but
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
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
Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell. ... One of the
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
readers." - David Lorimer, Network
Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
1. "Goodness without Qualification," The Journal of
32:1 (March 1998), 93-104.
Again," Faith and Philosophy 17:1
(January 2000), 26-47. Russian
in Philosophy of Religion: An Almanac 2006-2007,
ed. by V.K Schokhin (Moscow: Institute of Philosophy,
of Sciences, 2007), 181-211.
2. Review of The Clarity of God's Existence: The
Ethics of Belief
after the Enlightenment, by Owen Anderson, Reviews
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):
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.
1. "Comments on 'Why Species Extermination is Wrong', by
UMass Philosophy Graduate Student Colloquium, October 31,
2. "A New Approach to Omnipotence," 1998 Eastern Regional
the Society of Christian Philosophers, University of
3. "Moral Perfection and the No Best World Defense," 1999
Regional meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers,
University, March 25-27, 1999.
4. "Pleasure, Pain, and Moral Character," fall meeting of
Philosophical Association, Franklin College, Franklin,
November 4, 2000.
5. "Aristotelian Love-Making," (i) Fifty-Second Annual
Conference on Philosophy, Pacific University, Forest
November 10-11, 2000; (ii) Society for the Philosophy of
Sex and Love
at the Eastern Division meeting of the American
Association in New York, December 27-30, 2000.
6. "Comments on Edward Wierenga's 'Trinity and
Biennial UMass Alumni Philosophy Conference, October 13,
7. "How to Be an Alethically Rational Naturalist," (i)
meeting of the American Philosophical Association,
December 27-30, 2001; (ii) central division meeting of the
Christian Philosophers at Bethel College, St. Paul,
7-9, 2002; (iii) 2002 Atlantic Region Philosophy
of Prince Edward Island, October 18-19, 2002.
8. "C.S. Lewis vs. the Atheists," DePauw University
Colloqium, November 22, 2002.
9. "A Morally Unsurpassable God Must Create the Best," (i)
International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu,
January 12-15, 2003;
(ii) Central Division meeting of the American
Association, Cleveland, Ohio,
April 23-26, 2003.
10. "Wielenberg and His Mass (Comments on
Seventh Biennial UMass Alumni Philosophy Conference,
October 11, 2003.
11. "Aristotelian Egoism and Richard Kraut's
From Ostracism," Indiana Philosophical Association
Ball State University, November 1, 2003.
12. "Egoism and Eudaimonia-Maximization in
Ethics," meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek
Philosophy at the
Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical
Chicago, Illinois, April 22-25, 2004.
13. "Aquinasizing the Impeded-Function Argument (Comments
Sullivan)," Indiana Philosophical Association meeting,
University, May 1, 2004.
14. "Author Meets Critics: Value and Virtue in a
Universe," Eighth Biennial UMass Alumni Philosophy
October 8, 2005.
15. "Having Your Cake and Eating it Too: Objective
without God," (i) Forum on Religious Issues, University of
Wisconsin-Parkside, March 6, 2006 (invited); (ii) West
University, March 28, 2006 (invited); (iii) Florida
March 30, 2006 (invited); (iv) Wabash College, April 6,
(v) Hanover College, May 17, 2006 (invited).
16. "Bertrand Russell and C.S. Lewis: Two Peas in a
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,
18. "Objective Ethics in a Godless Universe," (i) Center
for Inquiry Transnational, Amherst, New York, April
(invited); (ii) The Jefferson
Ashland, Oregon, April 26, 2007 (invited); (iii) Lawrence
April 30, 2007 (invited); (iv) Centenary College,
Louisiana, February 25, 2008 (invited).
19. "Skeptical Theism and Divine Lies," (i) DePauw Faculty
October 11, 2007; (ii) Fourth Annual Philosophy of
Baylor University, February 5-7, 2009; (iii) Pacific
of the American Philosophical Association, Vancouver,
April 8-12, 2009.
20. "On the Evolutionary Debunking of Morality," (i)
Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, University of Colorado,
6-9, 2009; (ii) Pacific Division meeting of the American
Association, San Francisco, California, March 31-April 3,
21, "Can Sociopaths Make Moral Judgments?" meeting of the
Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Atlanta,
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
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