Philosophy of Religion: A Reader and Guide

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813531205
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Pt. I Religious Epistemology
Religious Epistemology: Introduction 7
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 Reading 66
Pt. II Natural Theology
Natural Theology: Introduction 69
2.1 'The Cosmological Argument and the Epistemic Status of Belief in God' 82
2.2 The Kalam Cosmological Argument 92
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 Reading 198
Pt. III The Coherence of Theism
The Coherence of Theism: Introduction 203
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 Reading 299
Pt. IV The Problem of Evil
The Problem of Evil: Introduction 303
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 Reading 425
Pt. V The Soul and Life Everlasting
The Soul and Life Everlasting: Introduction 429
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 Identity 496
5.5 'The Resurrection of the Dead' 517
Suggested Reading 538
Pt. VI Christian Theology
Christian Theology: Introduction 543
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
6.4 Rethinking the Logic of Penal Substitution 596
6.5 'Petitionary Prayer' 609
Suggested Reading 625
Notes on the Editors 627
Acknowledgements 629
Index 633
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