Dialogues about Godby Charles Taliaferro
Pub. Date: 08/25/2008
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
One in the series New Dialogues in Philosophy, edited by Dale Jacquette, Charles Taliaferro, a leading philosopher of religion, presents several fictional dialogues among characters with contrasting views on the existence of God. The views express the many standard positions: theism, atheism, skepticism, and other nuanced arguments about the nature of God. In a series of five inspired, original debates, Taliaferro taps into several famous exchanges, including those among Antony Flew, Basil Mitchell, and R. M. Hare; between Frederick Copleston and Bertrand Russell; and between Copleston and A. J. Ayer. The book includes a set of observations about the nature and conduct of debate: providing charitable interpretations of opposing sides and allowing interlocutors time to develop their points.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Some Groundwork xi
First Conversation: Launching a Dialogue about God 1
Second Conversation: An Exploration of the Classical Understanding of God 25
Third Conversation: Arguments for the Existence of God 51
Fourth Conversation: If God Exists, Why Is There Evil? 77
Fifth Conversation: Looking into Miracles, the Incarnation, Redemption, Religious Diversity, and a Skeptical Challenge 105
Afterword: Sources for Dialogues about God and Some Suggested Further Reading 123
About the Author 125
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