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Overview

Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues offers a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the most important ideas and arguments in this resurgent field. The text moves beyond the borders of Western theism to more accurately reflect the nature of the twenty-first-century world.

Featuring eighteen original essays from leading scholars, this collection offers a wide variety of viewpoints for a well balanced perspective on both traditional and cutting-edge topics in philosophy of religion.

Designed for course use, this accessible text includes study questions and annotated further reading lists to stimulate reflection and provide opportunities for deeper exploration of the fundamental questions of the nature of religion.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This new range of specially commissioned articles by leading philosophers of religion brings us right up to date on traditional and new topics in the field. Students and teachers alike will find most profitable this comprehensive guide to both classic and current debate and literature.”
Harriet Harris, University of Oxford

"This has considerable potential as a course textbook … Handy route map for middle- to upper-level undergraduates." Times Higher Education Supplement

“An invigorating, wide-ranging, and cutting edge volume. Its clear and carefully structured essays shed considerable light on issues old and new. The book will excite both neophytes and experts.”
David Shatz, Yeshiva University

“This is a remarkably wide-ranging volume of essays by a distinguished team of experts in the philosophy of religion. It will be indispensable for teachers and students of the subject and of great interest to specialists in the field.”
E. J. Lowe, Durham University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405139892
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/4/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Copan is Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has authored and edited a variety of books including Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion (2007), The Rationality of Theism (with Paul Moser, 2003), and Creation out of Nothing (with William Lane Craig, 2004).

Chad Meister is Director of Philosophy at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. His various books include Introducing Philosophy of Religion (forthcoming 2008), The Philosophy of Religion Reader (2007) and the Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion (with Paul Copan, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors     vii
Introduction     1
Religious Experience and Knowledge     7
The Epistemology of Religious Experience   William E. Mann     9
Religion and Science   John Polkinghorne     23
Reformed Epistemology   Rene van Woudenberg     37
Religious Pluralism   Joseph Runzo     51
Religious Exclusivism   Harold Netland     67
The Existence of God     81
The Cosmological Argument   William Lane Craig     83
The Teleological Argument   Robin Collins     98
The Ontological Argument   Graham Oppy     112
The Moral Argument   Paul Copan     127
The Argument from Evil   Paul Draper     142
A Naturalistic Account of the Universe   Quentin Smith     156
The Nature and Attributes of God     171
The Coherence of Theism   Charles Taliaferro     173
The Impossibility of God?   Robin Le Poidevin     188
God, Time, and Freedom   Katherin A. Rogers     202
Divine Hiddenness, Death, and Meaning   Paul K. Moser     215
Emerging Themes     229
Continental Philosophy of Religion   Bruce Ellis Benson     231
Eastern Philosophy of Religion   Gavin Flood     245
Feminist Philosophy of Religion   Pamela Sue Anderson     261
Leading Philosophers of Religion     274
Index     277
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