Introducing Philosophy of Religion

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Overview

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; and

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 further reading lists make the book ideal for student use. Along with its accompanying reader, this is the perfect introductory package for undergraduate philosophy of religion courses.

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Editorial Reviews

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'…I’ve never seen anything as good as this: pitch perfect, well-structured, coherent, cross-cultural.' - Chris Fleming, University of Western Sydney, Australia

'A clear, systematic, engaging introduction to philosophy of religion. There is no better single volume that covers the contemporary and classical themes and arguments with greater skill, fairness, comprehensiveness and efficiency. This is a brilliant book for newcomers as well as advanced scholars who want to take a fresh look at philosophy of religion today.'Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415403276
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Chad Meister is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy Program at Bethel College, Indiana. He has substantial experience of teaching in USA philosophy departments, and has a good knowledge of student needs.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1

1 Religion and the philosophy of religion 5

2 Religious diversity and pluralism 23

3 Conceptions of ultimate reality 45

4 Cosmological arguments for God's existence 65

5 Teleological arguments for God's existence 91

6 Ontological arguments for God's existence 111

7 Problems of evil 127

8 Science, faith, and reason 147

9 Religious experience 169

10 The self, death and the afterlife 189

Glossary 209

Notes 217

Index 237

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