Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings / Edition 3

Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings / Edition 3

by Michael Peterson
     
 

This excellent anthology in the philosophy of religion examines the basic classical and a host of contemporary issues in thirteen thematic sections. Assuming little or no familiarity with the religious concepts it addresses, it provides a well-balanced and accessible approach to the field. The articles cover the standard topics, including religious experience,… See more details below

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This excellent anthology in the philosophy of religion examines the basic classical and a host of contemporary issues in thirteen thematic sections. Assuming little or no familiarity with the religious concepts it addresses, it provides a well-balanced and accessible approach to the field. The articles cover the standard topics, including religious experience, theistic arguments, the problem of evil, and miracles, as well as topics that have gained the attention of philosophers of religion in the last fifteen years, such as reformed as epistemology, the philosophical analysis of theological doctrine, and the kalam theological argument. The collection also includes topics often requested by instructors but seldom covered in competing texts, such as religion and science, religious pluralism, process theism, and religious ethics, offering greater flexibility in choosing exact topics for use in courses. The format of the book makes it an ideal teaching text, as each section begins with a brief introduction to the central topic or issue treated by the readings which follow. Each reading is preceded by a paragraph summary, and a bibliography of suggested readings follows each section. Philosophy of Religion functions well as a stand-alone textbook for courses in the philosophy of religion, and is readily compatible for use as a primary source reader in conjunction with a secondary text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195188295
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : exploring the philosophy of religion
Religion as a social phenomenon8
A defense of religious realism13
The meaning of religious beliefs is their use20
Religious experiences32
Religious experience as the root of religion35
Religious experience as perception of God45
Religious experiences as interpretative accounts54
Critique of religious experience65
A phenomenological account of religious experience79
The harmony of reason and revelation92
The harmony of philosophy and the Qur'an96
The wager101
The ethics of belief104
The will to believe110
Truth is subjectivity118
Critical dialog in philosophy of religion123
God's necessary existence133
Negative theology138
God is omnipotent143
Some puzzles concerning omnipotence146
Divine omniscience and voluntary action149
God is timeless155
God is everlasting159
Atman is Brahman168
The classical ontological argument176
Critique of Anselm's argument178
A contemporary modal version of the ontological argument181
The classical cosmological argument194
The cosmological argument197
The Kalam cosmological argument210
Critique of the cosmological argument223
The analogical teleological argument232
The anthropic teleological argument235
Moral arguments for God's existence246
The reformed objection to natural theology261
Experience, proper basicality, and belief in God273
The case of the intellectually sophisticated theist280
Evil is privation of good292
Evil makes a strong case against God's existence296
Evil and omnipotence304
The free will defense315
Soul-making theodicy341
The evidential argument from evil354
Horrendous evils and the goodness of God365
Providence - risky or risk-free?382
Middle knowledge and classical Christian thought393
An objection to middle knowledge402
The vulnerability of God407
God is creative-responsive love416
The doctrine of analogy427
The falsification debate430
Religious language as symbolic435
Sexism and God-talk441
Speaking literally of God447
The true Tao is unspeakable467
The evidence for miracles is weak473
Miracles and historical evidence481
Miracles and testimony488
The soul survives and functions after death500
The soul needs a brain to continue to function510
Problems with accounts of life after death521
Resurrection of the person529
Rebirth539
Two separate domains549
Science discredits religion559
Theology and scientific methodology563
Buddhism and other religions584
The uniqueness of religious doctrines588
Religious inclusivism597
Religious pluralism607
Which God ought we to obey?621
Ethics without religion629
Ethics and natural law639

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