×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

God, Reason And Theistic Proofs / Edition 1
     

God, Reason And Theistic Proofs / Edition 1

by Stephen T. Davis
 

See All Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0802844502

ISBN-13: 9780802844507

Pub. Date: 12/15/1997

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

Attempting to prove the existence of God is an ancient and venerable tradition within the discipline known as the philosophy of religion. But can we truly prove the existence of God using human reason alone? Just how do we prove the existence of God? Why try? Which, if any, of the various theistic proofs are persuasive? God, Reason, and Theistic Proofs tackles these

Overview

Attempting to prove the existence of God is an ancient and venerable tradition within the discipline known as the philosophy of religion. But can we truly prove the existence of God using human reason alone? Just how do we prove the existence of God? Why try? Which, if any, of the various theistic proofs are persuasive? God, Reason, and Theistic Proofs tackles these fundamental questions head-on.

Stephen T. Davis examines a cross-section of theistic proofs that have been offered by theologians and thinkers from Anselm to Paley, explaining in clear terms what theistic proofs are and what they try to accomplish. He then goes on to explore in depth the relationship between theistic proofs and religious realism, the ontological argument for the existence of God, the cosmological and teleological arguments, the position known as foundationalism, and the argument from religious experience.

Wisely structured and clearly written, this volume will make an excellent resource for those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the debate surrounding the existence of God, or for those seeking intellectual validation for their faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802844507
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/15/1997
Series:
Reason and Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
1,218,267
Product dimensions:
0.50(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

    Introduction

  1. What is a Theistic Proof?
  2. I. Defining the concept
    II.The goal of a theistic proof
    III. Assumptions of theistic proofs
    IV.What if a theistic proof were successful?
    V. Do theistic proofs accomplish anything?

  3. The Ontological Argument
  4. I. Introduction II. Anselm's argument
    III. Gaunilo's criticisms of the OA
    IV.Kant's criticism
    V. Rowe's criticism
    VI. Two brief 'refutations' of the OA

  5. Theistic Proofs and Religious Realism
  6. I. Religious nonrealism
    II. Anselm on 'conceiving'
    III. D. Z. Phillips' position
    IV. Anselm against Phillips
    V. Conclusion

  7. The Cosmological Argument
  8. I. Introduction: Aquinas' versions of the CA
    II. The Third Way
    III. Why is infinite regress impossible in a hierarchical series?
    IV.Criticisms of the CA

  9. Theistic Proofs and Foundationalism
  10. I. Introduction
    II.Reformed epistemology
    III. Analysing Plantinga's argument
    IV. Criticisms of foundationalism

  11. The Design Argument
  12. I. Introduction
    II.Paley's version of the DA
    III. Hume's objections
    IV. Evolution as a criticism of the DA
    V. Newer versions of the DA
    VI. Criticisms of newer DAs
    VII. Conclusion
    VIII. Swinburne and Bayes' Theorem

  13. Religious Experience
  14. I. Introduction
    II.Religious experience as a theistic proof
    III. Swinburne's argument
    IV.Objections to the argument
    V. Conclusion

  15. Other Theistic Proofs
  16. I. Ontological argument number 2
    II.A generic cosmological argument
    III. The moral argument
    IV.The Kalaam cosmological argument

  17. Alternatives to Theistic Proofs
  18. I. Introduction
    II.Pascal's Wager
    III. Criticisms of the Wager
    IV.James' argument
    V. Objections to James' argument

  19. Conclusion
  20. I. Introduction
    II.How important is the existence of God?
    III. Do theistic proofs prove the existence of God?
    IV.The value of theistic proofs

    Bibliography
    Index

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews