Reason and Religious Belief: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion / Edition 3

Reason and Religious Belief: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion / Edition 3

by Michael L. Peterson, Basinger, Reichenbach, Hasker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195156951

ISBN-13: 9780195156959

Pub. Date: 11/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


What is the status of belief in God? Must a rational case be made or can such belief be properly basic? Is it possible to reconcile the concept of a good God with evil and suffering? In light of great differences among religions, can only one religion be true?

The most comprehensive work of its kind, Reason and Religious Belief, now in its third

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What is the status of belief in God? Must a rational case be made or can such belief be properly basic? Is it possible to reconcile the concept of a good God with evil and suffering? In light of great differences among religions, can only one religion be true?

The most comprehensive work of its kind, Reason and Religious Belief, now in its third edition, explores these and other perennial questions in the philosophy of religion. Drawing from the best in both classical and contemporary discussions, the authors examine religious experience, faith and reason, theistic arguments, the problem of evil, Reformed epistemology, miracles, and religious language. They also treat subjects not often included in competing texts, such as process theism, religious pluralism, religion and science, and the relationship between religion and morality.
The third edition retains the engaging style and thorough coverage of previous editions and also takes into account the latest contributions in the field by such thinkers as Plantinga, Alston, Martin, Murphy, Dembski, M. Adams, and Swinburne. Integrating a variety of perspectives, it adds a chapter on the openness of God debate, several sections on feminist concerns, and frequent comparisons of how Eastern religions compare with Western theism. A sophisticated yet accessible introduction, Reason and Religious Belief, 3/e is ideally suited for use with the authors' companion anthology, Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, 2/e (OUP, 2000).

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ISBN-13:
9780195156959
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction1
1Thinking About God: The Search for the Ultimate5
2Religious Experience: What Does it Mean to Encounter the Divine?15
3Faith and Reason: How are they Related?39
4The Divine Attributes: What is God Like?58
5Theistic Arguments: Is there Evidence for God's Existence?77
6Knowing God Without Arguments: Does Theism Need a Basis?107
7The Problem of Evil: The Case Against God's Existence128
8Divine Action: How Does God Relate to the World?154
9Miracles: Does God Intervene in Earthly Affairs?173
10Life After Death: Are there Reasons for Hope?194
11Religious Language: How Can we Speak Meaningfully of God?220
12Religion and Science: Compatible or Incompatible?246
13Religious Diversity: How Can we Understand Differences Among Religions?267
14Religious Ethics: The Relation of God to Morality289
15The Continuing Quest: God and the Human Venture311
Name Index319
Subject Index322

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