Introducing Philosophy of Religion

Introducing Philosophy of Religion

by Chad Meister
     
 

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ISBN-10: 041540326X

ISBN-13: 9780415403269

Pub. Date: 10/14/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Does God exist? What about evil and suffering? How does faith relate to science? Is there life after death? These questions fascinate everyone and lie at the heart of philosophy of religion. Chad Meister offers an up-to-date introduction to the field, focussing not only on traditional debates but also on contemporary concepts such as the intelligent creator. Key

Overview

Does God exist? What about evil and suffering? How does faith relate to science? Is there life after death? These questions fascinate everyone and lie at the heart of philosophy of religion. Chad Meister offers an up-to-date introduction to the field, focussing not only on traditional debates but also on contemporary concepts such as the intelligent creator. Key topics, such as divine reality and the self and religious experience, are discussed in relation to different faiths.

Introducing Philosophy of Religion:

• offers a lucid overview of contemporary philosophy of religion
• introduces the key figures in the history of philosophy of religion
• explores the impact of religious diversity and pluralism
• examines the main arguments for and against the existence of God and the nature of the divine
• looks at science and issues of faith and reason
• explores how the different religions approach the concept of life after death.

The wealth of textbook features, including tables of essential information, questions for reflection, summaries, glossary and recommendations for further reading make the book ideal for student use. Along with its accompanying Reader, this is the perfect introductory package for undergraduate philosophy of religion courses.

Visit the book's companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415403276. Features include:

  • an interactive glossary
  • a timeline
  • powerpoint slides on all the chapters
  • chapter outlines
  • lists of objectives for study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415403269
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/14/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations x

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Scope and structure 2

Pedagogical features and resources for further exploration 3

1 Religion and the philosophy of religion 5

Religion and the world religions 6

Philosophy and the philosophy of religion 8

Philosophy of religion timeline 10

Religious beliefs and practices 14

Summary 19

Questions for review/discussion 20

Further reading 20

Websites 21

2 Religious diversity and pluralism 23

The diversity of religions 24

Religious inclusivism and exclusivism 26

Religious pluralism 31

Religious relativism 35

Evaluating religious systems 37

Religious tolerance 41

Summary 42

Questions for review/discussion 43

Further reading 43

Websites 44

3 Conceptions of ultimate reality 45

Ultimate Reality: the Absolute and the Void 46

Ultimate Reality: a personal God 51

Summary 60

Questions for review/discussion 61

Further Reading 61

Websites 63

4 Cosmological arguments for God's existence 65

The argument from contingency 66

The sufficient reason argument 72

The Kalam argument 76

A cosmological argument for atheism 84

Summary 87

Questions for review/discussion 88

Further Reading 88

Websites 89

5 Teleological arguments for God's existence 91

Paley's design argument 92

A fine-tuning argument 97

An intelligent design argument 101

Summary 107

Questions for review/discussion 108

Further reading 109

Websites 109

6 Ontological arguments for God's existence 111

Anselm's ontological argument 112

Plantinga's modal ontological argument 118

Summary 122

Questions for review/discussion 124

Further reading 124

Websites 125

7 Problems of evil127

Sketching the terrain 128

Theoretical problems of evil 132

The existential problem of evil 138

Three theodicies 139

Summary 144

Questions for review/discussion 145

Further Reading 145

Websites 146

8 Science, faith, and reason 147

Religion and science 148

Religious belief and justification 153

Summary 164

Questions for review/discussion 165

Further Reading 166

Websites 167

9 Religious experience 169

The nature and diversity of religious experience 170

Religious experience and justification 176

Challenges to religious experience as justification for religious beliefs 179

Scientific explanations of religious experience 182

Summary 184

Questions for review/discussion 185

Further Reading 186

Websites 187

10 The self, death and the afterlife 189

Conceptions of the self 190

Reincarnation and karma 196

Arguments for immortality 198

Arguments against immortality 201

Summary 204

Questions for review/discussion 205

Further reading 206

Websites 207

Glossary 209

Notes 217

Index 237

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