Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings / Edition 4

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Overview

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: 383,205
  • 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

*=New to this edition
Each selection ends with Study Questions.
Each part ends with Suggested Readings.
Preface to the Fourth Edition
INTRODUCTION: Exploring the Philosophy of Religion
PART ONE: THE NATURE OF RELIGION
* An Evolutionary Account of Religion, Daniel C. Dennett
* Buddhist Nonrealism, The Buddha
A Defense of Religious Realism, Roger Trigg
The Meaning of Religious Beliefs Is in Their Use, D. Z. Phillips
PART TWO: RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
Religious Experiences, Saint Teresa of Jesus
Religious Experience as Feelings Forming the Root of Religion, William James
Religious Experience as Perception of God, William P. Alston
Religious Experiences as Interpretative Accounts, Wayne Proudfoot
Critique of Religious Experience, Michael Martin
A Phenomenological Account of Religious Experience, Merold Westphal
PART THREE: FAITH AND REASON
The Harmony of Reason and Revelation, Thomas Aquinas
The Wager, Blaise Pascal
The Ethics of Belief, William Clifford
The Will to Believe, William James
Truth Is Subjectivity, Søren Kierkegaard
Critical Dialog in Philosophy of Religion, C. Stephen Evans
PART FOUR: THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES
God's Necessary Existence, John Hick
Negative Theology, Moses Maimonides
God Is Omnipotent, Thomas Aquinas
Some Puzzles Concerning Omnipotence, George I. Mavrodes
Divine Omniscience and Voluntary Action, Nelson Pike
God Is Timeless, Boethius
God Is Everlasting, Nicholas Wolterstorff
Atman Is Brahman, The Upanishads
PART FIVE: ARGUMENTS ABOUT GOD'S EXISTENCE
The Classical Ontological Argument, Saint Anselm
Critique of Anselm's Argument, Gaunilo
A Contemporary Modal Version of the Ontological Argument, Alvin Plantinga
The Classical Cosmological Argument, Thomas Aquinas
The Cosmological Argument, Bruce R. Reichenbach
The Kalam Cosmological Argument, William Lane Craig
Critique of the Cosmological Argument, J. L. Mackie
The Analogical Teleological Argument, William Paley
* Critique of the Analogical Teleological Argument, David Hume
The Anthropic Teleological Argument, L. Stafford Betty with Bruce Cordell
Moral Arguments for God's Existence, Robert Merrihew Adams
PART SIX: KNOWING GOD WITHOUT ARGUMENTS
The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology, Alvin Plantinga
Experience, Proper Basicality, and Belief in God, Robert Pargetter
The Case of the Intellectually Sophisticated Theist, William Hasker
PART SEVEN: THE PROBLEM OF EVIL
Evil Makes a Strong Case against God's Existence, David Hume
* Best of All Possible Worlds Theodicy, Gottfried Leibniz
Evil and Omnipotence, J. L. Mackie
The Free Will Defense, Alvin Plantinga
Soul-Making Theodicy, John Hick
The Evidential Argument from Evil, William Rowe
Horrendous Evil and God, Marilyn McCord Adams
PART EIGHT: DIVINE ACTION
Providence--Risky or Risk-Free?, Paul Helm
Middle Knowledge and Classical Christian Thought, David Basinger
An Objection to Middle Knowledge, Robert Merrihew Adams
The Vulnerability of God, J. R. Lucas
God Is Creative-Responsive Love, John B. Cobb and David Ray Griffin
PART NINE: RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE
The Doctrine of Analogy, Thomas Aquinas
The Falsification Debate, Antony Flew and Basil Mitchell
Religious Language as Symbolic, Paul Tillich
Sexism and God-Talk, Rosemary Radford Ruether
Speaking Literally of God, William P. Alston
PART TEN: MIRACLES
* Is It Possible to Know That Jesus Was Raised from the Dead?, Stephen T. Davis
The Evidence for Miracles Is Weak, David Hume
Miracles and Testimony, J. L. Mackie
Miracles and Historical Evidence, Richard Swinburne
PART ELEVEN: LIFE AFTER DEATH
The Soul Survives and Functions after Death, H. H. Price
The Soul Needs a Brain to Continue to Function, Richard Swinburne
Problems with Accounts of Life after Death, Linda Badham
Resurrection of the Person, John Hick
* Buddhist View of Rebirth, Anonymous
Rebirth, Sri Aurobindo
PART TWELVE: RELIGION AND SCIENCE
Two Separate Domains, Stephen Jay Gould
Science Discredits Religion, Richard Dawkins
* Reinstating Design Within Science, William Dembski
* At the Mercy of Chance?, Phillip Kitcher
* The Universe as Creation, John Polkinghorne
* Reflections on the Intelligent Design Debate, John Lennox
PART THIRTEEN: RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY
Buddhism and Other Religions, Dalai Lama
The Uniqueness of Religious Doctrines, Paul J. Griffiths
Religious Inclusivism, Karl Rahner
Religious Pluralism, John Hick
PART FOURTEEN: RELIGION AND MORALITY
Which God Ought We to Obey?, Alasdair MacIntyre
Ethics and Natural Law, Thomas Aquinas
Ethics Without Religion, Jean-Paul Sartre
GLOSSARY
Philosophy of Religion

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