Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology / Edition 1

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This unique textbook--the first to offer balanced, comprehensive coverage of all major perspectives on the rational justification of religious belief--includes twenty-four key papers by some of the world's leading philosophers of religion. Arranged in six sections, each representing a major approach to religious epistemology, the book begins with papers by noted atheists, setting the stage for the main theistic responses--Wittgensteinian Fideism, Reformed epistemology, natural theology, prudential accounts of religious beliefs, and rational belief based in religious experience--in each case offering a representative sample of papers by leading exponents, a critical paper, and a substantial bibliography. A comprehensive introductory essay and ample cross-references help students to contrast and evaluate the different approaches, while the overall arrangement encourages them to assess the full range of philosophical positions on the issue.
Carefully selected to provide both a comprehensive overview of current work and a series of modern perspectives on many classic sources--Swinburne's detailed discussion of Hume's critique of the design argument, for example, as well as an entire section evaluating and extending Pascal's famous Wager--the essays also provide a uniquely readable survey that will be useful in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of religion and epistemology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195073249
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/4/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,267,952
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Biola University

University of Southern California

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I Atheism
1 The Presumption of Atheism 19
2 The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism 33
3 Atheistic Teleological Arguments 43
4 Atheological Apologetics 58
Bibliography 74
II Wittgensteinian Fideism
5 Faith, Skepticism, and Religious Understanding 81
6 The Groundlessness of Belief 92
7 Theology, Atheism, and Theism 104
8 Does Religious Skepticism Rest on a Mistake? 116
Bibliography 128
III Reformed Epistemology
9 Is Belief in God Properly Basic? 133
10 Is Reason Enough? 142
11 Experience, Proper Basicality, and Belief in God 150
12 Belief in God Is Not Properly Basic 168
Bibliography 178
IV Natural Theology
13 Philosophical and Scientific Pointers to Creatio ex Nihilo 185
14 The Argument from Design 201
15 The Three-Stage Argument for the Existence of God 212
16 Flavors, Colors, and God 225
17 The Irrelevance to Religion of Philosophic Proofs for the Existence of God 241
Bibliography 246
V Prudential Accounts of Religious Belief
18 Pascalian Wagering 257
19 You Bet Your Life: Pascal's Wager Defended 270
20 Pascal's Wager 283
Bibliography 290
VI Rational Belief and Religious Experience
21 Religious Experience and Religious Belief 295
22 The Rationality of Religious Belief 304
23 Three Models of Faith 320
24 Explaining Religious Experience 336
Bibliography 353
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