Exploring Philosophy of Religion: An Introductory Anthology / Edition 1

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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.

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"Exploring Philosophy of Religion pares down the number of articles normally included in a philosophy of religion anthology, focusing on the most significant topics and selecting the most significant and accessible texts. It comprises an elegant, well-designed course in the philosophy of religion."—Kevin Zaragoza, University of Georgia

"Professor Cahn has assembled an excellent collection of topics—broad enough to give students a good feel for the discipline as a whole while not overwhelming them with details/articles that might be beyond the scope of an undergraduate course."—Matthew T. Puglisi, Queens College (City University of New York) and Hofstra University

"'God, Reason, and Religion' [the appendix] is a wonderful introduction to philosophy of religion. Utterly convincing, written clearly, and with great common sense."—Peter Singer, Princeton University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195340853
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/6/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Concept of God
God and Goodness, James Rachels
God's Omnipotence, George Mavrodes
God's Foreknowledge and Free Will, Augustine
God's Omniscience and Contingent Events, Levi Gersonides
Does God Know the Future?, Steven M. Cahn
Does God Change?, William Hacker
God and Forgiveness, Anne C. Minas
God and the Concept of Worship, James Rachels
Part 2: The Existence of God
The Ontological Argument, Anselm and Gaunilo
The Ontological Argument: A Restatement, René Descartes
The Ontological Argument: A Critique, Immanuel Kant
The Ontological Argument: An Assessment, John H. Hick
The Five Ways, Thomas Aquinas
The Cosmological Argument, Richard Taylor
The Cosmological Argument: An Assessment, John H. Hick
The Argument to Design, William Paley
The Argument to Design and the Problem of Evil, David Hume
The Problem of Evil, John H. Hick
A Defense of Atheism, Ernest Nagel
Why God Allows Evil, Richard Swinburne
Suffering and Evil, George Schlesinger
A Reply to Schlesinger, Jeremy Gwiazda
Theism and Modern Science, Nicholas Everitt
Part 3: Religious Language
Negative Attributes, Moses Maimonides
The Use of Analogy, Thomas Aquinas
The Inadequacy of Analogy, F. C. Copleston
Positive Attributes, Levi Gersonides
Experience and Metaphor, Janet Martin Soskice
Metaphors Without Meaning, Paul Edwards
Part 4: Miracles and Mysticism
Of Miracles, David Hume
On Miracles, Paul J. Dietl
Mysticism, William James
Perceiving God, William Alston
Perceiving God: A Critique, William L. Rowe
Part 5: Belief in God
The Wager, Blaise Pascal
Pascal's Wager: A Critique, Simon Blackburn
The Ethics of Belief, W. K. Clifford
The Will to Believe, William James
The Will to Believe: A Critique, Nicholas Everitt
Belief Without Argument, Alvin Plantinga
Belief Without Argument: A Critique, Michael Martin
Faith, Richard Taylor
Faith and Reason, Michael Scriven
Theology and Falsification, Anthony Flew, R. M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell
The Hiddenness of God, Robert McKim
Part 6: Resurrection and Immortality
Resurrection, John H. Hick
Life After Death, Terence Penelhum
Do We Need Immortality?, Grace M. Jantzen
Part 7: Religious Pluralism
The Dimensions of Religion, Ninian Smart
Religious Pluralism and Salvation, John H. Hick
A Defense of Religious Exclusivism, Alvin Plantinga
Religion Versus the Religious, John Dewey
Appendix: God, Reason, and Religion, Steven M. Cahn

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