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Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Religion

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Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Religion features newly commissioned debates on some of the most controversial issues in the field. Is evil evidence against belief in God? Does science discredit religion? Is God?s existence the best explanation of the universe? Is morality based on God?s commands? Is eternal damnation compatible with the Christian concept of God?
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Overview

Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Religion features newly commissioned debates on some of the most controversial issues in the field. Is evil evidence against belief in God? Does science discredit religion? Is God’s existence the best explanation of the universe? Is morality based on God’s commands? Is eternal damnation compatible with the Christian concept of God?

  • Features debates focusing on each of twelve of the most controversial issues in the field.
  • Includes essays, replies, and rejoinders especially commissioned for this volume.
  • Contributors include William Alston, Lynne Rudder Baker, Peter Byrne, Richard Gale, William Hasker, Janine Marie Idziak, Michael Martin, Del Ratzsch, William Rowe, John Worrall, Keith Yandell, Dean Zimmerman, and many others.
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Michael L. Peterson is Professor of Philosophy at Asbury College. His publications include The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings (1992), and Reason and Religious Belief (co-authored, 2002). He is also series editor of Blackwell’s Exploring the Philosophy of Religion.

Raymond J. VanArragon is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Asbury College. He specializes in epistemology and philosophy of religion.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Preface
Evil Is Evidence against Theistic Belief 3
Evil Does Not Make Atheism More Reasonable than Theism 13
Reply to Howard-Snyder and Bergmann 25
Reply to Rowe 27
Divine Hiddenness Justifies Atheism 30
Divine Hiddenness Does Not Justify Atheism 42
Reply to Moser 54
Reply to Schellenberg 56
Science Discredits Religion 59
The Demise of Religion: Greatly Exaggerated Reports from the Science/Religion "Wars" 72
Reply to Ratzsch 87
Reply to Worrall 90
Explanation and the Cosmological Argument 97
Why Traditional Cosmological Arguments Don't Work, and a Sketch of a New One that Does 114
Reply to Gale 130
Reply to Reichenbach 132
Religious Experience Justifies Religious Belief 135
Do Mystics See God? 145
Reply to Fales 158
Reply to Alston 161
It Is Rational to Believe in the Resurrection 164
It is Not Rational to Believe in the Resurrection 174
Reply to Martin 184
Reply to Davis 186
How to Sink in Cognitive Quicksand: Nuancing Religious Pluralism 191
It Is Not Reasonable to Believe that Only One Religion Is True 201
Reply to Byrne 211
Reply to Yandell 215
God Takes Risks 218
God Does Not Take Risks 228
Reply to Helm 238
Reply to Hasker 240
God Responds to Prayer 242
God Does Not Necessarily Respond to Prayer 255
Reply to Basinger 264
Reply to Murray 266
Eternal Hell and the Christian Concept of God 268
No Hell 278
Reply to Talbott 287
Reply to Walls 288
Divine Commands Are the Foundation of Morality 290
Ethics Is Based on Natural Law 299
Reply to Boyd and VanArragon 310
Reply to Idziak 313
Christians Should Affirm Mind-Body Dualism 315
Christians Should Reject Mind-Body Dualism 327
Reply to Baker 338
Reply to Zimmerman 341
Index 344
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