Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology / Edition 1

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This substantial anthology is a comprehensive, authoritative collection of the classical and contemporary readings in the philosophy of religion, providing a survey and analysis of the key issues, figures and concepts.

  • Comprises the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of the classical and contemporary readings in the philosophy of religion.
  • Provides a survey and analysis of the key issues, figures and concepts.
  • Examines religious identity, theism and divine attributes, explanations of religion, and theistic arguments.
  • Includes readings concerned with nontheistic religions, evils and goods, religious values, personal identity, and death.
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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631214717
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/17/2003
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 636
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.41 (d)

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


Part I: Religious Identity:.


1. What Makes Religious Beliefs Religious?: W.D. Hudson.

2. World Religions and World Orders: Stephen R.L. Clark.

3. Religion: Paul J. Griffiths.

Part II: Theism and Divine Attributes:.


4. God: Richard Swinburne.

5. The Power of God and God's Knowledge: Thomas V. Morris.

6. Eternity: Brian Leftow.

7. Divine Freedom and Creation: Laura L. Garcia.

8. The Idea of God in Feminist Philosophy: Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki.

Part III: Explanations of Religion:.


9. Theology and Falsification: A Symposium: Anthony Flew.

10. Psychoanalysis and Theism: Adolf Grünbaum.

11. Psychoanalytic Theory and Theistic Belief: William Alston.

12. The Varieties of Religious Experience: William James.

13. The Numinous: Rudolf Otto.

14. Religious Experience: Caroline Frank Davis.

15. The Groundlessness of Belief: Norman Malcolm.

16. Thought-Project: Johannes Climacus.

17. The Ethics of Belief: W.K. Clifford.

18. Religious belief as properly basic: Alvin Platinga.

Part IV: Theistic Arguments:.


19. The Cosmological Argument: Richard Swinburne.

20. Cosmological Arguments: J.L. Mackie.

21. Teleological Argument: David Hume.

22. The Arguments from Design: Richard Hambourger.

23. Anselm's Ontological Arguments: Norman Malcolm.

24. The Ontological Argument: Michael Martin.

Part V: Nontheistic Religions:.


25. Darsana, Anviksiki, Philosophy: Wilhelm Halbfass.

26. The Preview of the Real Atomic Theory: Georges B.J. Dreyfus.

27. Finding a Self: Buddhist and Feminist Perspectives: Anne Carolyn Klein.

28. How Many Nondualities Are There?: David Low.

Part VI: Evils and Goods:.


29. The Problem of the Natural Evil: Mary Midgley.

30. The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism: William L. Rowe.

31. The Problem of Evil: Brian Davies.

32. The Problem of Evil, the Problem of Air, and the Problem of Silence: Peter Van Inwagen.

33. Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God: Marilyn McCord Adams.

34. Selves and Shadows: Mary Midgley.

35. Buddhism and Evil: Martin Southwold.

36. Evil and Ethical Terror: Nel Noddings.

Part VII: Religious Values:.


37. Pluralism, Tolerance, and Disagreement: Edward Langerak.

38. A Modified Command Theory of Ethical Wrongness: Robert Merrihew Adams.

39. Morality and Religion Reconsidered: Baruch A. Brody.

40. Religion and the Queerness of Morality: George Mavrodes.

41. Pure Love: R. M. Adams.

42. The Possibility of Incarnation: Richard Swinburne.

43. Religious Pluralism: John Hick.

44. The real or the Real? Chardin or Rothko?: Anthony O'Hear.

45. Does Nature Need to be Redeemed?: Holmes Rolston III.

46. Pascal's Wager: Blaise Pascal.

47. Why is Faith a Virtue?: Tim Chappell.

Part VIII: Personal Identity and Death:.


48. The Metaphysical Self: Roger Trigg.

49. Of Miracles: David Hume.

50. Do We Need Immortality?: Grace M. Jantzen.

51. Why We Need Immortality: Charles Taliaferro.

52. Is Liberation (moksa) Pleasant?: A. Chakrabarti.



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