The Virtue of Faith and Other Essays in Philosophical Theology

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Robert Merrihew Adams has been a leader in renewing philosophical respect for the idea that moral obligation may be founded on the commands of God. This collection of Adams' essays, two of which are previously unpublished, draws from his extensive writings on philosophical theology that discuss metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical issues surrounding the concept of God--whether God exists or not, what God is or would be like, and how we ought to relate ourselves to such a being. Adams studies the relation ...
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Overview


Robert Merrihew Adams has been a leader in renewing philosophical respect for the idea that moral obligation may be founded on the commands of God. This collection of Adams' essays, two of which are previously unpublished, draws from his extensive writings on philosophical theology that discuss metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical issues surrounding the concept of God--whether God exists or not, what God is or would be like, and how we ought to relate ourselves to such a being. Adams studies the relation between religion and ethics, delving into an analysis of moral arguments for theistic belief. In several essays, he applies contemporary studies in the metaphysics of individuality, possibility and necessity, and counterfactual conditionals to issues surrounding the existence of God and problems of evil.
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"Adams is a master of the art of treating complex philosophical issues with economy and clarity. His writing displays a nice combination of plain diction and subtle thought....An important collection....No one interested in philosophical theology shoulc remain ignorant of the contents of this book."--Faith and Philosophy

"Should be accessible to a wide audience interested in questions about religion. Adams is a master of the art of treating complex philosophical issues with economy and clarity. His writing displays a nice combination of plain diction and subtle thought....An important collection....No one interested in philosophical theology should remain ignorant of the contents of this book."--Faith and Philosophy

"Represents a substantial contribution."--Ethics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195041460
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1987
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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Yale University
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Part 1 Faith
1 The Virtue of Faith 9
2 Kierkegaard's Arguments Against Objective Reasoning in Religion 25
3 The Leap of Faith 42
Part 2 The Problem of Evil
4 Must God Create the Best? 51
5 Existence, Self-interest, and the Problem of Evil 65
6 Middle Knowledge and the Problem of Evil 77
Part 3 God and Ethics
7 A Modified Divine Command Theory of Ethical Wrongness 97
8 Autonomy and Theological Ethics 123
9 Divine Command Metaethics Modified Again 128
10 Moral Arguments for Theistic Belief 144
11 Saints 164
12 Pure Love 174
Part 4 The Metaphysics of Theism
13 Has It Been Proved That All Real Existence Is Contingent? 195
14 Divine Necessity 209
15 The Logical Structure of Anselm's Arguments 221
16 Flavors, Colors, and God 243
Index 263
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