What is the relationship between faith and reason? Find out in PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: AN INTRODUCTION. Because it's written to be easily understood no matter your background, this philosophy of religion textbook introduces you to the debate in a way you can understand. Whether it's the philosophical proofs for God's existence or using reason to evaluate faith claims, the major points in the philosophy of religion are all covered in this excellent textbook. And with its built-in study tools, PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: AN INTRODUCTION helps out during test time as well.
A textbook for an introductory course for students with no previous background in philosophy. Rose (Purdue U.) introduces technical terms only when necessary and explains them fully at first appearance. Chapter-end questions both focus students on the main points and direct them to new thinking. The earlier editions appeared in 1978 and 1993; the third has a new version of the argument from design and other changes. An extensive list of anthologies that would be appropriate for the course is appended. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
William L. Rowe, who garnered a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan, is a professor of philosophy at Purdue University where he specializes in the philosophy of religion and metaphysics.
1. The Idea of God. 2. The Cosmological Argument. 3. The Ontological Argument. 4. The Design Argument (Old and New). 5. Religious and Mystical Experience. 6. Faith and Reason. 7. The Problem of Evil. 8. Miracles and the Modern World View. 9. Life After Death. 10. Predestination, Divine Foreknowledge, and Human Freedom. 11. Many Religions. For Further Reading. Index.