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Exploring Philosophy of Religion: An Introductory Anthology / Edition 1
     

Exploring Philosophy of Religion: An Introductory Anthology / Edition 1

by Steven M. Cahn
 

ISBN-10: 019534085X

ISBN-13: 9780195340853

Pub. Date: 02/06/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this remarkably accessible, concise, and engaging introduction to the philosophy of religion, Steven M. Cahn brings together a rich and balanced collection of fifty-two classic and contemporary readings. Most importantly, he has carefully edited the articles to ensure that they will be understandable to undergraduate students. Organized topically, the volume covers

Overview

In this remarkably accessible, concise, and engaging introduction to the philosophy of religion, Steven M. Cahn brings together a rich and balanced collection of fifty-two classic and contemporary readings. Most importantly, he has carefully edited the articles to ensure that they will be understandable to undergraduate students. Organized topically, the volume covers seven major areas: the concept of God, the existence of God, religious language, miracles and mysticism, belief in God, resurrection and immortality, and religious pluralism.

Ideal for basic courses in the philosophy of religion, Exploring Philosophy of Religion: An Introductory Anthology features selections from Augustine, Anselm, Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, William James, John H. Hick, Alvin Plantinga, William Alston, Richard Swinburne, and many others. Each reading is preceded by a detailed introduction and enhanced by explanatory notes. In addition, the text includes as an appendix Cahn's provocative and illuminating overview of the field-"God, Reason, and Religion"-which provides a synthesis and interpretation of the key issues raised in the readings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195340853
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/06/2008
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     viii
Introduction     1
The Concept of God
God and Goodness   James Rachels     5
God's Omnipotence   George Mavrodes     8
God's Foreknowledge and Free Will   Augustine     11
God's Omniscience and Contingent Events   Levi Gersonides     13
Does God Know the Future?   Steven M. Cahn     16
Does God Change?   William Hasker     20
God and Forgiveness   Anne C. Minas     25
God and the Concept of Worship   James Rachels     38
The Existence of God
The Ontological Argument   Anselm   Gaunilo     47
The Ontological Argument: A Restatement   Rene Descartes     51
The Ontological Argument: A Critique   Immanuel Kant     53
The Ontological Argument: An Assessment   John H. Hick     55
The Five Ways   Thomas Aquinas     59
The Cosmological Argument   Richard Taylor     62
The Cosmological Argument: An Assessment   John H. Hick     71
The Argument to Design   William Paley     74
The Argument to Design and the Problem of Evil   David Hume     78
The Problem of Evil   John H. Hick     97
A Defense of Atheism   Ernest Nagel     103
Why God Allows Evil   Richard Swinburne     109
Suffering and Evil   George N. Schlesinger     120
A Reply to Schlesinger   Jeremy Gwiazda     123
Theism and Modern Science   Nicholas Everitt     124
Religious Language
Negative Attributes   Moses Maimonides     133
The Use of Analogy   Thomas Aquinas     135
The Inadequacy of Analogy   F. C. Copleston     136
Positive Attributes   Levi Gersonides     139
Experience and Metaphor   Janet Martin Soskice     142
Metaphors Without Meaning   Paul Edwards     145
Miracles and Mysticism
Of Miracles   David Hume     151
On Miracles   Paul J. Dietl     157
Mysticism   William James     162
Perceiving God   William Alston     174
Perceiving God: A Critique   William L. Rowe     183
Belief in God
The Wager   Blaise Pascal     191
Pascal's Wager: A Critique   Simon Blackburn     193
The Ethics of Belief   W. K. Clifford     195
The Will to Believe   William James     201
The Will to Believe: A Critique   Nicholas Everitt     214
Belief Without Argument   Alvin Plantinga     218
Belief Without Argument: A Critique   Michael Martin     227
Faith   Richard Taylor     230
Faith and Reason   Michael Scriven     234
Theology and Falsification   Antony Flew   R. M. Hare   Basil Mitchell     238
The Hiddenness of God   Robert McKim     248
Resurrection and Immortality
Resurrection   John H. Hick     257
Life After Death   Terence Penelhum     259
Do We Need Immortality?   Grace M. Jantzen     270
Religious Pluralism
The Dimensions of Religion   Ninian Smart     285
Religious Pluralism and Salvation   John H. Hick     292
A Defense of Religious Exclusivism   Alvin Plantinga     304
Religion Versus the Religious   John Dewey     311
Conclusion     325
God, Reason, and Religion   Steven M. Cahn     327
Index     369

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