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Is there a God? Are our choices free? Does the soul exist? Great Thinkers on Great Questions presents cogent answers from some of the greatest thinkers of modern times to fifteen of the most enduring questions faced by humanity. Drawing on a diverse range of views from such influential figures as Richard Swinburne, Alvin Plantinga and Keith Ward, the book broaches God and atheism, ethics, truth, free will, and the compatibility of science and religion. For questioning minds who seek alternative philosophical viewpoints, this is a unique insight into the fundamental questions which epitomise the human condition. Roy Abraham Varghese is an experienced author and editor on the subject of science and religion. His book Human Endings won the Templeton Book Prize for Theology in 1995. Time magazine described his book Cosmos, Bios, Theos as "the year’s most intriguing book about God".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851686551
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Return to Universal Experience 1
Pt. I Can we Know and Know that we Know? 21
Relativism 23
Richard Swinburne 23
Hugo Meynell 24
Alvin Plantinga 27
Gerard J. Hughes 28
Josef Seifert 30
George F. R. Ellis 31
Ralph McInerny 33
William P. Alston 34
Universal Insights Presupposed by Science and Philosophy 39
Alvin Plantinga 39
Josef Seifert 40
Ralph McInerny 40
Pt. II Is Matter the Whole Story? 41
The Existence of the Soul 43
Richard Swinburne 43
Alvin Plantinga 45
Hugo Meynell 46
Josef Seifert 47
Sir Alfred Ayer 48
Ralph McInerny 49
G. E. M. Anscombe 52
John Lucas 56
John Foster 57
The Freedom of the Will 70
Gerard J. Hughes 70
Richard Swinburne 72
Alvin Plantinga 74
Hugo Meynell 75
Josef Seifert 77
Ralph McInerny 78
John Lucas 79
Life after Death 83
Josef Seifert 83
Richard Swinburne 85
Gerard J. Hughes 85
Reincarnation 87
C. T. K. Chari 87
Pt. III Are Religion and Morality Simply and Solely By-Products of the Socio-Cultural Environment? 95
Psychology, Sociology, and Religious Belief 97
Gerard J. Hughes 97
Richard Swinburne 98
Josef Seifert 99
Right and Wrong 100
Josef Seifert 100
Richard Swinburne 101
Alvin Plantinga 102
Gerard J. Hughes 103
George F. R. Ellis 105
Keith Ward 106
Atheism 108
Alvin Plantinga 108
Richard Swinburne 109
Gerard J. Hughes 111
Hugo Meynell 112
Josef Seifert 113
Pt. IV Is there a God? 115
The Existence of God 117
Richard Swinburne 117
Alvin Plantinga 120
Gerard J. Hughes 120
Brian Leftow 122
Josef Seifert 125
Russell Pannier, T. D. Sullivan 136
Hugo Meynell 138
Ralph McInerny 140
Bernard J. F. Lonergan 142
H. D. Lewis 145
William P. Alston 148
God and Modern Science 154
Richard Swinburne 154
Hugo Meynell 155
Gerard J. Hughes 156
Josef Seifert 158
Alvin Plantinga 160
Ralph McInerny 164
Owen Gingerich 165
George F. R. Ellis 170
Keith Ward 184
The Problem of Evil 191
Richard Swinburne 191
Gerard J. Hughes 193
Alvin Plantinga 196
Hugo Meynell 198
Josef Seifert 199
Sandra Menssen, T. D. Sullivan 202
Ralph McInerny 204
Pantheism 206
Russell Pannier, T. D. Sullivan 206
Richard Swinburne 208
Hugo Meynell 208
Alvin Plantinga 209
Josef Seifert 209
Ralph McInerny 210
William P. Alston 210
Divine Action in the World and Human History 212
Richard Swinburne 212
Gerard J. Hughes 213
Alvin Plantinga 214
Josef Seifert 214
Pt. V What can we Know about God? 219
Omniscience, Omnipotence, Eternity, Infinity 221
Gerard J. Hughes 221
Alvin Plantinga 224
Hugo Meynell 225
Josef Seifert 225
Ralph McInerny 229
Brian Leftow 230
Leo Sweeney 232
Index 250
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