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With a background in pharmacy, medicine, and finance, Raphael Lataster is a professionally secular PhD researcher and teacher at the University of Sydney (Studies in Religion). His main research interests include philosophy of religion, Christian origins, sociology of religion, 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.

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 continue teaching 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.

 

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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