Exploring the Philosophy of Religion / Edition 7

Exploring the Philosophy of Religion / Edition 7

by David Stewart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205645194

ISBN-13: 9780205645190

Pub. Date: 07/10/2009

Publisher: Pearson Higher Education

Professor David Stewart called upon his 30 years of teaching experience to introduce readers to the important study of faith and reason. Beginning students often find primary sources alone too difficult so this text offers primary source materials by a variety of significant philosophers–including a balanced blend of classical and contemporary authors–but…  See more details below

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Professor David Stewart called upon his 30 years of teaching experience to introduce readers to the important study of faith and reason. Beginning students often find primary sources alone too difficult so this text offers primary source materials by a variety of significant philosophers–including a balanced blend of classical and contemporary authors–but the materials are supported by clearly written introductions, which better prepare readers to understand the subject matter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205645190
Publisher:
Pearson Higher Education
Publication date:
07/10/2009
Series:
MySearchLab Series for Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
144,456
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter One

The Varieties of Religious Experience

Introduction: Philosophy and Religion

Mystical Experience

Mysticism, William James

Intuitive Ways of Knowing

Personal Experience of God, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Critique of Mysticism

The Core of Religion, Walter Kaufmann

Varieties of Religious Understanding

The Pluralistic Hypothesis, John Hick

Retrospective: Religious Experience

Additional Sources

Chapter Two

Religion and Life

Introduction: Religion and Life

Life’s Goal Is to Obey God’s Will

Moral Obligation, William Paley

Life’s Goal Is to Achieve Greatness

The Joyful Wisdom, Friederich Nietzsche

Life Is Not Meaningful Without God

A Confession, Leo Tolstoy

Life Is Meaningful Without God

Ethics Without Religion, Kai Nielsen

Retrospective: Religion and Life

Additional Sources

Chapter Three

Religion and Human Destiny

Introduction: Religion and Death

The Immortality of the Soul

Phaedo, Plato

The Finality of Death

Letter to Menoeceus, Epicurus

The Hope for Resurrection

The Death of Death, NeilGillmann

Death in Buddhism

The Doctrine of No-Soul: Annata, Walpola Rahula

Retrospective: Religion and Death

Additional Sources

Chapter Four

Arguments for God’s Existence

Introduction: The Existence of God

The Ontological Argument

The Most Perfect Being, René Descartes

The Cosmological Argument

The Kalam Cosmological Argument, William Lane Craig

The Design Argument

Natural Theology, William Paley

The Moral Argument

God and Moral Reasoning, Immanuel Kant

Retrospective: The Existence of God

Additional Sources

Chapter Five

The Problem of Evil

Introduction: God and Evil

Evil and the Power of God

Divine Omnipotence, C. S. Lewis

Theodicy in Process Thought

God in Process, David Ray Griffin

Karma and Evil

Karma in Hindu Thought, Wendy Doniger

The “Vale of Soul-Making Theodicy”

Evil and the God of Love, John Hick

Retrospective: God and Evil

Additional Sources

Chapter Six

Faith and Reason

Introduction: Opinion, Belief, Knowledge

Belief and Falsification

The Falsification Debate, Antony Flew, R. M. Hare, Basil Mitchell

Will and Belief

The Will to Believe, William James

No Rational Basis for Faith

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, David Hume

The Leap of Faith

Objective and Subjective Reflection, Søren Kierkegaard

Retrospective: Faith and Reason

Additional Sources

Chapter Seven

Religion and Current Issues

Religion and Government

A Letter Concerning Toleration, John Locke

Religion and Women

The Female Nature of God, Rosemary Ruether

Religion and World Origins

Creative Evolution, Henri Bergson

Religion and Human Origins

Life’s Dominions, Ronald Dworkin

Retrospective

Additional Sources

Biographical Summaries

Glossary

Index

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