Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction


A comprehensive textbook for students coming to philosophy of religion for the first time.

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A comprehensive textbook for students coming to philosophy of religion for the first time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441165183
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/8/2010
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael B. Wilkinson lectures at Sussex Downs college and has over 30 years experience of teaching philosophical topics at university, seminary and college level. He is a senior examiner for a major awarding body and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK. 

Hugh N. Campbell is a principal examiner for a major awarding body and has been teaching philosophy of religion for 20 years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Timeline

Part 1: Preliminaries
1. New Ways of Thinking
2. Philosophy - The Basics
3. Problems of Knowledge and Knowing God

Part 2: The Origins of the Debates
4. Plato and the Doctrine of the Forms
5. Aristotle

Part 3: The Attributes of God
6. Concepts of God
7. The Divine Attributes
8. God’s Knowledge and God’s Goodness
9. God as Creator

Part 4: Arguments for the Existence of God
10. Ontological Arguments
11. St Thomas Aquinas and the Cosmological Argument
12. The Cosmological Argument II - God as Explanation
13. The Teleological (Design) Argument
14. The Moral Argument

Part 5: Arguments Against the Existence of God
15. The Problem of Evil I - St Augustine
16. The Problem of Evil II - Irenaean Theodicy and Swinburne
17. Other Theodicies
18. The Challenge of Modern Science
29. Darwin’s Black Box and Irreducible Complexity
20. The Problem of the Multiplicity of Faiths

Part 6: Religious Language
21. Verification and Meaning
22. The Falsification Debate
23. Via Negativa, Analogy, Symbol and Myth
24. Language Games

Part 7: Problems of Knowledge
25. Realism, Anti-Realism and Non-Realism
26. Reformed Epistemology and Foundationalism

Part 8: Religious Experience
27. Religious Experience
28. Revelation and Scripture
29. Miracles
30. Morality and Religion

Part 9: Body, Soul and the Afterlife
31. Body and Soul
32. Life After Death

Afterword Appendix: Writing a Philosophy Essays Suggestions for Further Reading

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