Exploring the Philosophy of Religion / Edition 6

Exploring the Philosophy of Religion / Edition 6

by David Stewart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0131947230

ISBN-13: 9780131947238

Pub. Date: 03/01/2006

Publisher: Prentice Hall

The text offers a rich, yet approachable, introduction to philosophy of religion for the beginning student that is distinguished by the following special features:

  • Introductions that help prepare students for meaningful discussion of the readings
  • Appealing mixture of classical and contemporary authors from Plato, Descartes, Kant, Paley,

Overview

The text offers a rich, yet approachable, introduction to philosophy of religion for the beginning student that is distinguished by the following special features:

  • Introductions that help prepare students for meaningful discussion of the readings
  • Appealing mixture of classical and contemporary authors from Plato, Descartes, Kant, Paley, and Kierkegaard to contemporary thinkers such as John Hick, Richard Taylor, David Ray Griffin, and Paul Ricoeur.
  • Consideration of issues from both Western and Eastern perspectives
  • Discussion of process thought, often omitted from introductory texts

New to this edition are readings on religious pluralism by John Hick, a compelling analysis of God's female nature by Rosemary Ruether, and such classic readings as Paul Tillich on faith as ultimate concern, Kant's moral argument for God's existence, John Stuart Mill's analysis of the limits of natural theology, and the contrast in ancient Greek thought between Plato and Epicurus on death and human destiny and its difference from the early Christian view.

The book couples clear and understandable analysis with important primary-source readings on topics that have a permanent place in the philosophy of religion.

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Fundamentals of Philosophy, 5th edition by David Stewart and H. Gene Blocker
An accessible reader/text for beginning students of philosophy that offers a broad scope and diversity of classic and contemporary selections with introductions that present difficult issues in an understandable manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131947238
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Chapter 1The Varieties of Religious Experience1
Introduction: Philosophy And Religion1
Mystical Experience6
Mysticism9
The Experience of the Holy16
The Idea of the Holy19
The Eternal Thou29
I and Thou33
Religious Pluralism37
The Pluralistic Hypothesis39
Retrospective49
Additional Readings50
Chapter 2Religion and Life51
Introduction: Religion And Life51
Life's Goal Is to Obey God's Will55
Moral Obligation57
Life's Goal Is to Achieve Greatness60
The Joyful Wisdom62
To Know God Is to Live66
A Confession67
A World Without God74
Reality and God76
Retrospective82
Additional Readings82
Chapter 3Religion and Human Destiny85
Introduction: Religion And Death85
The Immortality of the Soul88
Phaedo90
The Finality of Death98
Letter to Menoeceus100
The Hope for Resurrection103
1 Corinthians 15106
Death in Buddhism109
The Doctrine of No-Soul: Annata111
Retrospective114
Additional Readings115
Chapter 4Arguments for God's Existence117
Introduction: The Existence Of God117
The Ontological Argument122
The Most Perfect Being127
The Cosmological Arguments131
The Argument from Contingency136
The Design Argument145
Natural Theology147
The Moral Argument154
God as a Postulate of Practical Reason156
Retrospective161
Additional Readings162
Chapter 5The Problem of Evil165
Introduction: God And Evil165
The "Vale of Soul-Making" Theodicy172
Evil and the God of Love175
Theodicy in Process Thought182
God in Process185
Karma and Evil193
Karma in Hindu Thought195
A Limited God200
The Divine Attributes203
Retrospective209
Additional Readings213
Chapter 6Faith and Reason215
Introduction: Opinion, Belief, Knowledge215
Belief and Falsification221
The Falsification Debate225
Will and Belief234
The Will to Believe241
The Leap of Faith253
Objective and Subjective Reflection256
Faith as Ultimate Concern261
What Faith Is264
Retrospective270
Additional Readings271
Chapter 7Religious Language273
Introduction: Religion And Language273
The Verification of Religious Language276
A Discussion on Religious Language280
Models for Theological Discourse293
Talking of God: Models, Ancient and Modern297
The Metaphorical Use of Language308
The Metaphorical Process311
Religious Language and Gender320
The Female Nature of God322
Retrospective329
Additional Readings331
Biographical Summaries333
Glossary337
Index345

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