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

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Overview

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
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Asbury College

Huntington University (Emeritus)

Augsburg College

Roberts Wesleyan College

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction 1
1 Thinking About God: The Search for the Ultimate 5
2 Religious Experience: What Does it Mean to Encounter the Divine? 15
3 Faith and Reason: How are they Related? 39
4 The Divine Attributes: What is God Like? 58
5 Theistic Arguments: Is there Evidence for God's Existence? 77
6 Knowing God Without Arguments: Does Theism Need a Basis? 107
7 The Problem of Evil: The Case Against God's Existence 128
8 Divine Action: How Does God Relate to the World? 154
9 Miracles: Does God Intervene in Earthly Affairs? 173
10 Life After Death: Are there Reasons for Hope? 194
11 Religious Language: How Can we Speak Meaningfully of God? 220
12 Religion and Science: Compatible or Incompatible? 246
13 Religious Diversity: How Can we Understand Differences Among Religions? 267
14 Religious Ethics: The Relation of God to Morality 289
15 The Continuing Quest: God and the Human Venture 311
Name Index 319
Subject Index 322
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