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Raphael C. Lataster

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With a background in pharmacy, medicine, and finance, Raphael Lataster is a professionally secular PhD researcher (Studies in Religion), having recently passed his Master of Arts (Research), undertaken in the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, with Distinction. His main research interests include philosophy of religion, sociology of religion, Christian origins, logic, epistemology, Bayesian reasoning, justifications and social impacts of atheism, Taoism, overpopulation and sustainability concerns, pantheism, and pandeism. Other interests include rock-climbing and volunteering with the State Emergency Service.

Raphael wrote his Master’s thesis on Jesus mythicism, concluding that historical and Bayesian reasoning justifies a sceptical attitude towards the ‘historical Jesus’. For his doctoral work, Raphael is analysing the major philosophical arguments for God’s existence (as argued by William Lane Craig, Richard Swinburne, Alvin Plantinga and Thomas Aquinas), attempts to demonstrate the logical implausibility of the monotheistic concept, explores the theological tendencies of Philosophy of Religion, and considers the plausibility of pantheistic worldviews.

Raphael is currently publishing numerous articles summarising his Master’s dissertation, and exploring the themes of his doctoral project. Being passionate about education, Raphael hopes to eventually teach in Religious Studies and possibly Philosophy (critical thinking and philosophy of religion), and also to make every effort to engage with the public, through popular books, speaking engagements, public debates and websites.

Please enjoy the following resources.

 

Websites:

PantheismUnites.org - Online home for the philosophy of pantheism. Discussing skepticism, atheism, agnosticism, etc. Houses my books and scholarly articles, as well as articles written for the general public.

ProofThatGodExists.net - Humorous website that neatly summarises all the scientific evidence for God's existence.

AramaicPeshitta.com - Resources relating to the Bible and the theory of Aramaic primacy.

LamsaBible.com - Authorized and freely available online version of Dr Lamsa's English translation of the Aramaic Peshitta Bible.

 

 

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