Reply to Deng, Hesse and Gäb




I am very grateful to Natalja, Jacob and Sebastian for their kind attention to my paper, and for their many insights on this topic, which have materially helped me get clearer about some of the issues. All the points of disagreement are constructive and it has been both a pleasure and an education to engage with them. I’m also happy to note some points of agreement, too! Here I attempt to reply to some of the objections.


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How to Cite

Le Poidevin, Robin. 2020. “Reply to Deng, Hesse and Gäb”. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (3):203-13.



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