Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings / Edition 4

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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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"Philosophy of Religion is very appropriate for undergraduates. I know of no better text on the market right now. It is without peer."—Stephen C. Law, University of Central Oklahoma
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195393590
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 740,092
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Peterson is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary.

William Hasker is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Huntington University.

Bruce Reichenbach is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Augsburg College.

David Basinger is Professor of Philosophy & Ethics at Roberts Wesleyan College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : exploring the philosophy of religion
Religion as a social phenomenon 8
A defense of religious realism 13
The meaning of religious beliefs is their use 20
Religious experiences 32
Religious experience as the root of religion 35
Religious experience as perception of God 45
Religious experiences as interpretative accounts 54
Critique of religious experience 65
A phenomenological account of religious experience 79
The harmony of reason and revelation 92
The harmony of philosophy and the Qur'an 96
The wager 101
The ethics of belief 104
The will to believe 110
Truth is subjectivity 118
Critical dialog in philosophy of religion 123
God's necessary existence 133
Negative theology 138
God is omnipotent 143
Some puzzles concerning omnipotence 146
Divine omniscience and voluntary action 149
God is timeless 155
God is everlasting 159
Atman is Brahman 168
The classical ontological argument 176
Critique of Anselm's argument 178
A contemporary modal version of the ontological argument 181
The classical cosmological argument 194
The cosmological argument 197
The Kalam cosmological argument 210
Critique of the cosmological argument 223
The analogical teleological argument 232
The anthropic teleological argument 235
Moral arguments for God's existence 246
The reformed objection to natural theology 261
Experience, proper basicality, and belief in God 273
The case of the intellectually sophisticated theist 280
Evil is privation of good 292
Evil makes a strong case against God's existence 296
Evil and omnipotence 304
The free will defense 315
Soul-making theodicy 341
The evidential argument from evil 354
Horrendous evils and the goodness of God 365
Providence - risky or risk-free? 382
Middle knowledge and classical Christian thought 393
An objection to middle knowledge 402
The vulnerability of God 407
God is creative-responsive love 416
The doctrine of analogy 427
The falsification debate 430
Religious language as symbolic 435
Sexism and God-talk 441
Speaking literally of God 447
The true Tao is unspeakable 467
The evidence for miracles is weak 473
Miracles and historical evidence 481
Miracles and testimony 488
The soul survives and functions after death 500
The soul needs a brain to continue to function 510
Problems with accounts of life after death 521
Resurrection of the person 529
Rebirth 539
Two separate domains 549
Science discredits religion 559
Theology and scientific methodology 563
Buddhism and other religions 584
The uniqueness of religious doctrines 588
Religious inclusivism 597
Religious pluralism 607
Which God ought we to obey? 621
Ethics without religion 629
Ethics and natural law 639
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