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God & Morality: Four Views

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Is morality dependent upon belief in God? Is there more than one way for Christians to understand the nature of morality? Is there any agreement between Christians and atheists or agnostics on this heated issue?

In God and Morality: Four Views four distinguished voices in moral philosophy ariticulate and defend their place in the current debate between naturalism and theism. Christian philosophers Keith Yandell and Mark Linville and two self-identified atheist/agnostics, Evan ...

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Overview

Is morality dependent upon belief in God? Is there more than one way for Christians to understand the nature of morality? Is there any agreement between Christians and atheists or agnostics on this heated issue?

In God and Morality: Four Views four distinguished voices in moral philosophy ariticulate and defend their place in the current debate between naturalism and theism. Christian philosophers Keith Yandell and Mark Linville and two self-identified atheist/agnostics, Evan Fales and Michael Ruse, clearly and honestly represent their differing views on the nature of morality.

Important differences as well as areas of overlap emerge as each contributor states their case, receives criticism from the others and responds. Of particular value for use as an academic text, these four essays and responses, covering the naturalist moral non-realist, naturalist moral realist, moral essentialist and moral particularist views, will foster critical thinking and contribute to the development of a well-informed position on this very important issue.

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J. Brian Huffling
"This is an intellectually stimulating book and a good overview of natural and supernatural theories of morality. . . . If one is desirous to become better acquainted with contemporary views, Christian or not, this is a good start."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830839841
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Series: Spectrum Multiview Book Series
  • Pages: 181
  • Sales rank: 1,389,321
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Keith Loftin (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is assistant professor of humanities at The College at Southwestern in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the editor of God & Morality: Four Views (IVP, 2012).
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Table of Contents

Introduction
R. Keith Loftin
1. Naturalist Moral Realism
Evan Fales
A Naturalist Moral Nonrealism Response
A Moral Essentialism Response
A Moral Particularism Response
2. Naturalist Moral Nonrealism
Michael Ruse
A Naturalist Moral Realism Response
A Moral Essentialism Response
A Moral Particularism Response
3. Moral Essentialism
Keith E. Yandell
A Naturalist Moral Realism Response
A Naturalist Moral Nonrealism Response
A Moral Particularism Response
4. Moral Particularism
Mark D. Linville
A Naturalist Moral Realism Response
A Naturalist Moral Nonrealism Response
A Moral Essentialism Response
Contributors
Index
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