Philosophy of Religion: A Reader and Guide

Philosophy of Religion: A Reader and Guide

by William Lane Craig
     
 

This important new book is a combined anthology and guide intended for use as a textbook in courses on philosophy of religion. It aims to bring to the student the very best of cutting-edge work on important topics in the field. The anthology is comprised of six sections, each of which opens with a substantive introductory essay followed by a selection of influential… See more details below

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This important new book is a combined anthology and guide intended for use as a textbook in courses on philosophy of religion. It aims to bring to the student the very best of cutting-edge work on important topics in the field. The anthology is comprised of six sections, each of which opens with a substantive introductory essay followed by a selection of influential writings by philosophers of religion. Presenting a sympathetic view of the topics it treats, Philosophy of Religion provides an ideal resource for studying the central questions raised by religious belief.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813531205
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.92(h) x 1.57(d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction1
Pt. IReligious Epistemology
Religious Epistemology: Introduction7
1.1'The Logic of Pascal's Wager'17
1.2'A Central Theistic Argument'25
1.3'Is Belief in God Rationally Acceptable?'40
1.4'Defeating Theistic Beliefs'57
Suggested Reading66
Pt. IINatural Theology
Natural Theology: Introduction69
2.1'The Cosmological Argument and the Epistemic Status of Belief in God'82
2.2The Kalam Cosmological Argument92
2.3'The Prerequisites of Life in our Universe'114
2.4'Design and the Many-Worlds Hypothesis'130
2.5'The Value Dimension of the Cosmos: A Moral Argument'149
2.6'Searle's Biological Naturalism and the Argument from Consciousness'155
2.7'The Ontological Argument'180
2.8'The Conceptualist Argument for God's Existence'189
Suggested Reading198
Pt. IIIThe Coherence of Theism
The Coherence of Theism: Introduction203
3.1'Divine Necessity'216
3.2'God and Timelessness'230
3.3'On Ockham's Way Out'246
3.4'On Divine Middle Knowledge'257
3.5'Maximal Power'265
3.6'What Euthyphro Should Have Said'283
Suggested Reading299
Pt. IVThe Problem of Evil
The Problem of Evil: Introduction303
4.1'The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism'317
4.2'Pain and Pleasure: An Evidential Problem for Theists'328
4.3'Some (Temporarily) Final Thoughts on Evidential Arguments from Evil'346
4.4'The Magnitude, Duration, and Distribution of Evil: A Theodicy'370
4.5'The Problem of Evil'394
Suggested Reading425
Pt. VThe Soul and Life Everlasting
The Soul and Life Everlasting: Introduction429
5.1'A Refutation of Dualism'447
5.2'A Defense of Dualism'455
5.3'A Defense of Dualism'476
5.4'Dualism and Personal Identity496
5.5'The Resurrection of the Dead'517
Suggested Reading538
Pt. VIChristian Theology
Christian Theology: Introduction543
6.1'A Defense of the Doctrine of the Trinity'556
6.2'The Two Minds View of Incarnation'568
6.3'Heaven and Hell'577
6.4Rethinking the Logic of Penal Substitution596
6.5'Petitionary Prayer'609
Suggested Reading625
Notes on the Editors627
Acknowledgements629
Index633

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