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In over 78 newly-commissioned essays, this outstanding volume provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the philosophy of religion.

Written by many of today's leading figures, the volume surveys philosophical issues in the religions of the world, philosophical thought about religion in Western history, and important currents in twentieth-century philosophy of religion.

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"I must congratulate the editors on the volume. It is verycomprehensive - bringing in the different religious traditions ofthe world and their philosophies, the history of the philosophy ofreligion, and some of its most modern developments. I think it hasgot the balance of its articles exactly right, focusing on themodern detailed analytic work, but not neglecting the widerperspective. It is very readable, and the various articles willserve as useful introductions to topics for students; it is a veryvaluable resource." Professor Swinburne, Oriel College,University of Oxford

"A superb collection! The topics are just right:from the religions of the world and currents in recent philosophyof religion to the theistic conception of God and the justificationof theistic belief. The writing is authoritative, but also livelyand stimulating. The book will be a valuable reference resource foryears to come." Robert L. Arrington, Georgia StateUniversity

"Blackwell's Companions to Philosophy have alreadyestablished themselves as up-to-date and reliable guides to thecentral fields within the discipline. This present volume which,offers a remarkably wide-ranging survey of philosophy of religionand philosophical theology in crisp and manageable essays byacknowledged authorities, is no exception." The Tablet

"Philip L. Quinn and Charles Taliaferro are to be commended forputting together an excellent resource in philosophy of religion.This is indeed a 'companion', for here one finds wise guides to thestudy of key issues in the philosophy of religion. This is a volumeto refer to again and again. Essay after essay provides food forthought and additions to one's reading list." Paul Reasoner,Bethel Collage

"Another fine addition to the Blackwell Companions of Philosophyseries has been published. I consider it a gold mine!" TheReview of Metaphysics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631213284
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series , #56
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 1,037,664
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip L. Quinn is John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophyat the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and was previouslyWilliam Herbert Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy at BrownUniversity, Rhode Island. He is author of Divine Commands andMoral Requirements (1978), and of numerous articles inphilosophy of religion, philosophy of science, theoretical physics,religious ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, value theory,political philosophy, and philosophy and literature. He has servedas editor of the journal Faith and Philosophy (1990-5); asPresident of the Central Division of the American PhilosophicalAssociation (1994-5); and as Chair of the National Board ofOfficers of the American Philosophical Association (1995-9).

Charles Taliaferro is Associate Professor of Philosophyat St Olaf College, Minnesota. He was Visiting Scholar at OrielCollege, Oxford, and has taught at Brown University, the Universityof Massachusetts, and the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He isthe author of Consciousness and the Mind of God (1994) andContemporary Philosophy of Religion (Blackwell Publishers,1997), and numerous papers in philosophy of religion, metaphysics,and ethics.

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Table of Contents


List of Contributors.

Introduction: Philip L. Quinn & Charles Taliaferro.

Part I: Philosophical Issues in the Religions of theWorld:.

1. Hinduism: Ninian Smart (University of California, SantaBarbara).

2. Buddhism: Paul J. Griffiths (University of Chicago).

3. Chinese Confucianism and Daoism: Chad Hansen (University ofHong Kong).

4. African Religions: Kwasi Wiredu (University of SouthFlorida).

5. Judaism: Lenn E. Goodman (University of Hawaii at Manoa).

6. Christianity: William J. Wainwright (University ofWisconsin).

7. Islam: Azim Nanji and Aziz A. Esmail (University ofFlorida).

Part II: Philosophical Theology and Philosophy of Religion inWestern History: .

8. Ancient Philosophical Theology: Kevin Flannery (PontificaUniversita Gregoriana).

9. The Christian Contribution to Medieval PhilosophicalTheology: Scott Macdonald.

10. The Islamic Contribution to Medieval Philosophical Theology:David Burrell, CSC, (University of Notre Dame).

11. The Jewish Contribution to Medieval Philosophical Theology:Tamar Rudavsky (Ohio State University).

12. Early Modern Philosophical Theology: Derk Pereboom(University of Vermont).

13. The Emergence of Modern Philosophy of Religion: MeroldWestphal (Fordham University).

Part III: Some Currents in Twentieth Century Philosophy ofReligion:.

14. American Pragmatism: Nancy Frankenberry (DartmouthCollege).

15. Personalism: Patricia A. Sayre (St Mary's College, NotreDame).

16. Process Theology: David Ray Griffin (School of Theology,Claremont).

17. Phenomenology and Existentialism: Merold Westphal (FordhamUniversity).

18. Wittgensteinianism: John Hyman (University of Oxford).

19. Thomism: Ralph McInerny (University of Notre Dame).

20. The Reformed Tradition: Nicholas Wolterstorff (YaleUniversity).

21. The Anglican Tradition: Canon Brian Hebblethwaite(University of Cambridge).

22. The Jewish Tradition: Robert Gibbs (PrincetonUniversity).

23. The Orthodox Tradition: Paul Valliere (ButlerUniversity).

Part IV: Theism and the Linguistic Turn:.

24. Religious Language: Janet Soskice (University ofCambridge).

25. The Verificationist Challenge: Michael Martin (BostonUniversity).

26. Theological Realism and Antirealism: Roger Trigg (Universityof Warwick).

Part V: The Theistic Concept of God: .

27. Being: C. J. F. Williams (University of Bristol).

28. Omnipotence: Joshua Hoffman and Gary Rosenkrantz (Universityof North Carolina at Greensboro).

29. Omniscience: George I. Mavrodes (University ofMichigan).

30. Goodness: Paul Helm (University of London).

31. Simplicity: Eleonore Stump (St Louis University).

32. Eternity: Brian Leftow (Fordham University).

33. Necessity: William E. Mann (University of Vermont).

34. Incorporeality: Charles Taliaferro (St Olaf College).

35. Beauty: Patrick Sherry (University of Lancaster).

36. Omnipresence: Edward R. Wierenga (University ofRochester).

37. Foreknowledge and Human Freedom: Linda Zagzebski (LoyolaMarymount University).

38. Divine Action: Thomas F. Tracy (Bates College).

39. Creation and Conservation: Hugh J. McCann (Texas A&MUniversity).

40. Immutability and Impassibility: Richard E. Creel (IthacaCollege).

Part VI: The Justification of Theistic Belief: .

41. Ontological Arguments: Celement Dore (University ofCalifornia at Santa Cruz).

42. Cosmological Arguments: William L. Rowe (PurdueUniversity).

43. Teleological and Design Arguments: Laura L. Garcia (RutgersUniversity).

44. Moral Arguments: C. Stephen Evans (Calvin College).

45. Pragmatic Arguments: Jeffrey Jordan (University ofDelaware).

46. Miracles: George N. Schlesinger (University of NorthCarolina).

47. Religious Experience: Keith E. Yandell (University ofWisconsin).

48. Fideism: Terence Penelhum (University of Calgary).

49. Reformed Epistemology: Alvin Plantinga (University of NotreDame).

Part VII: Challenges to the Rationality of TheisticBelief:.

50. The Problem of Evil: Michael L. Peterson (AsburyCollege).

51. Naturalistic Explanations of Theistic Belief: Kai Nielsen(Concordia University).

52. The Presumption of Atheism: Antony Flew (University ofOxford).

Part VIII: Theism and Modern Science: .

53. Theism and Physical Cosmology: William Craig (University ofBrussels).

54. Theism and Evolutionary Biology: William Hasker (HuntingtonCollege).

55. Theism and the Scientific Understanding of the Mind: RobertAudi (University of Nebraska).

56. Theism and Technology: Frederick Ferre (University ofGeorgia).

Part IX: Theism and Values:.

57. Divine Command Ethics: Janine Marie Idziak (LorasCollege).

58. Natural Law Ethics: Robert P. George (PrincetonUniversity).

59. Virtue Ethics: Jean Porter (University of Notre Dame).

60. Narrative Ethics: Robert C. Roberts (Wheaton College).

61. Agapeistic Ethics: Gene Outka (Yale University).

62. Theism, Law, and Politics: Paul J. Weithman (University ofNotre Dame).

63. Theism and Medical Ethics: James F. Childress (University ofVirginia).

64. Theism and Environmental Ethics: Gary L. Comstock (IowaState University).

65. Theism and Toleration: Edward Langerak (St OlafCollege).

Part X: Philosophical Reflection on Christian Faith:.

66. Trinity: David Brown (University of Durham).

67. Incarnation: Ronald J. Feenstra (Calvin TheologicalSeminary).

68. Sin and Original Sin: Philip L. Quinn (University of NotreDame).

69. Atonement, Justification, and Sanctification: John E. Hare(Calvin College).

70. Survival of Death: Stephen T. Davis (McKenna College,Claremont).

71. Heaven and Hell: Jonathan L. Kvanvig (Texas A&MUniversity).

72. Providence and Predestination: Thomas P. Flint (UniversityNotre Dame).

73. Petitionary Prayer: Eleonore Stump (St LouisUniversity).

74. Revelation and Scripture: William J. Abraham (SouthernMethodist University).

75. Tradition: Basil Mitchell (University of Oxford).

Part XI: New Directions in Philosophy of Religion:.

76. Feminism: Sarah Coakley (Harvard University).

77. Religious Pluralism: John Hick (University ofBirmingham).

78. Comparative Philosophy of Religions: Paul J. Griffiths(University of Chicago).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    a nice overview of philosophy of religion

    A nice addition to philosophy of religion. A book of essays by leading scholars, the Companion covers the major religions of the world, but deals mostly with theistic religions, especially Christianity. The articles are short and to the point: you won't have to plough through philosophical journals or big books to get to the important stuff. Look at each essay as a 'Cliffs Notes'. Many philosophy of religion books are pro-classical theism. This one is different, sort of. In this book, we see articles on process theism and religious pluralism. Comparative philosophy of religion is also addressed. This is refreshing, especially for those who no longer stand within the classical tradition. In summa, a fine addition to philosophy of religion. Also recommended: David Ray Griffin 'ReEnchantment without Supernaturalism: A Process Philosophy of Religion.'

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