Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology / Edition 1

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"This substantial anthology of classical and contemporary readings serves as a survey and analysis of the key issues, figures, and concepts in the philosophy of religion." "The readings examine a wide variety of topics, including religious identity, theism and divine attributes, explanations of religion, theistic arguments, nontheistic religions, evils and goods, religious values, personal identity, and death." The integration of the key issues concerning students today makes this book distinctive and accessible. Edited and introduced by distinguished scholars, these essays are essential reading for anyone interested in the philosophy of religion.
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"This is a fine collection. As well as familiar material reflecting the atheism–theism debate, there are essays dealing with the perspectives of nontheistic religions, and the bearing of art, psychoanalysis, and environmental ethics on religious concerns. The text offers an excellent overview of some of the best recent work in the field." Mark Wynn, University of Exeter

"This anthology isn't the standard fare. It contains sections on theistic arguments, evil, divine attributes, religious experience, and religious language, but it also pays attention to what makes a belief religious, religious values, personal identity, and death. The volume includes theistic, atheistic, and feminist essays which were clearly chosen for their relevance rather than for political correctness. The result is fresh and welcome." Keith Yandell, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Taliaferro and Griffiths adroitly guide the modern student with verve and insight through the bewilderingly rich materials of contemporary philosophy of religion. I heartily recommend this magnificent aid to such a complex subject." Douglas Hedley, Clare College, Cambridge University

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Meet the Author

Charles Taliaferro is Professor of Philosophy at St. Olaf College. He is author of Consciousness and the Mind of God (1994), Contemporary Philosophy of Religion (Blackwell 1998), and co-editor of A Companion to Philosophy of Religion (Blackwell, 1997).

Paul J. Griffiths is Schmitt Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author of On Being Buddha: The Classical Doctrine of Buddhahood (1994), Religious Reading: The Place of Reading in the Practice of Religion (1999), and Problems of Religious Diversity (Blackwell, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Religious Identity 1
1 What Makes Religious Beliefs Religious? 7
2 World Religions and World Orders 21
3 Religion 31
Pt. II Theism and Divine Attributes 45
4 God 51
5 Omnipotence and Omniscience 58
6 Eternity 73
7 Divine Freedom and Creation 78
8 The Idea of God in Feminist Philosophy 91
Pt. III Explanations of Religion 99
9 Theology and Falsification: A Symposium 105
10 Psychoanalysis and Theism 111
11 Psychoanalytic Theory and Theistic Belief 123
12 The Varieties of Religious Experience 141
13 The Numinous 146
14 Religious Experience 162
15 The Groundlessness of Belief 182
16 Thought-Project 189
17 The Ethics of Belief 196
18 Religious Belief as "Properly Basic" 200
Pt. IV Theistic Arguments 227
19 The Cosmological Argument 233
20 Cosmological Arguments 242
21 Teleological Argument 254
22 The Argument from Design 259
23 Anselm's Ontological Arguments 271
24 The Ontological Argument 282
Pt. V Nontheistic Religions 295
25 Darsana, Anviksiki, Philosophy 299
26 The Purview of the "Real" 313
27 Finding a Self: Buddhist and Feminist Perspectives 329
28 How Many Nondualities Are There? 345
Pt. VI Evils and Goods 357
29 The Problem of Natural Evil 361
30 The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism 368
31 The Problem of Evil 375
32 The Problem of Evil, the Problem of Air, and the Problem of Silence 390
33 Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God 407
34 Selves and Shadows 415
35 Buddhism and Evil 424
36 Evil and Ethical Terror 432
Pt. VII Religious Values 449
37 Pluralism, Tolerance, and Disagreement 453
38 A Modified Divine Command Theory of Ethical Wrongness 462
39 Morality and Religion Reconsidered 477
40 Religion and the Queerness of Morality 485
41 Pure Love 493
42 The Possibility of Incarnation 504
43 Religious Pluralism 517
44 The real or the Real? Chardin or Rothko? 523
45 Does Nature Need to be Redeemed? 530
46 Pascal's Wager 544
47 Why is Faith a Virtue? 546
Pt. VIII Personal Identity and Death 553
48 The Metaphysical Self 557
49 Of Miracles 565
50 Do We Need Immortality? 574
51 Why We Need Immortality 582
52 Is Liberation (moksa) Pleasant? 589
Index 600
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