Belief in God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion / Edition 1

Belief in God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion / Edition 1

by T. J. J. Mawson, T. J. Mawson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199284954

ISBN-13: 9780199284955

Pub. Date: 10/13/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Belief in God answers two questions: what, if anything, is it that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreeing about when they join in claiming that there is a God; and what, if any, prospects are there for rationally defending or attacking this claim?

In the context of a sustained argument for particular answers to these questions, Tim Mawson tackles many of the

Overview

Belief in God answers two questions: what, if anything, is it that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreeing about when they join in claiming that there is a God; and what, if any, prospects are there for rationally defending or attacking this claim?

In the context of a sustained argument for particular answers to these questions, Tim Mawson tackles many of the most prominent topics in the philosophy of religion. He argues that those who believe that there is a God are best interpreted as believing that there is a being who is essentially personal, transcendent, immanent, omnipotent, omniscient, eternal, perfectly free, perfectly good, and necessary; and non-essentially creator of the world and value; revealer of Himself; and offerer of everlasting life. Having explored the meaning and consistency of this conception of God in the first half of the book, Mawson goes on to consider whether or not belief or the absence of belief in such a God might be the sort of thing that does not rationally require argument and, if not, what the criteria for a good argument for or against such a God's existence might be. Having established some criteria, he uses them to evaluate specific arguments for and against the existence of such a God. He looks at the Argument to Design; the Cosmological Argument; the Ontological Argument; the Argument from Religious Experience; the Argument from Apparent Miracles; the Problem of Evil; and Pascal's Wager. Finally, he explores the relation between faith and reason.

In the course of his argument, Mawson makes striking new claims and defends or attacks established positions in new ways. His conversational style, lively wit, and enlightening examples make Belief in God as pleasurable as it is instructive and thought-provoking. It makes an ideal text for beginning undergraduate courses and for anyone thinking about these most important of questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199284955
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/13/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,266,367
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Concept of God
1. Personhood, Transcendence, Immmanence
2. Omnipotence, Omniscience, Eternality
3. Perfect Freedom, Perfect Goodness, Necessity
4. Creator of the World, Creator of Value
5. Revealer, Offerer of Everlasting Life
The Existence of God
6. Arguing For and Against the Existence of God
7. The Ontological Argument
8. The Argument to Design
9. The Cosmological Argument
10. The Argument from Religious Experience
11. The Argument from Reports of Apparent Miracles
12. The Problem of Evil
Faith
Conclusion

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