The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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The last few decades have witnessed a stunning resurgence of philosophical interest in God and theology. Although much of this renaissance is focused on the rationality of theistic belief apart from evidence, there is a gathering movement in philosophical circles to re-establish natural theology's legitimate role in justifying belief in God's existence.
The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology gathers together original contributions from a variety of leading philosophers to provide a timely and thought-provoking exploration of the nature and existence of God as manifested in the existence, order, and character of the natural world. Each of the in-depth essays explores at length a particular theistic argument – from Contingency and Consciousness to Reason and Religious Experience – with the distinguished authors providing analysis and evaluation of each argument, offering original insights and new perspectives on perennial questions.
The result is an engaging and deeply profound examination of the question of God’s existence based on human reason and evidence from the natural world.
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About the Author
William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He has authored or edited more than thirty books and many articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology.
J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He has authored, edited, or contributed to thirty books and authored over 100 articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology.
Table of Contents
List of figures vi
Notes on contributors vii
Introduction ixWilliam Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland
1 The project of natural theology 1Charles Taliaferro
2 The Leibnizian cosmological argument 24Alexander R. Pruss
3 The kalam cosmological argument 101William Lane Craig and James D. Sinclair
4 The teleological argument: an exploration of the fine-tuningof the universe 202Robin Collins
5 The argument from consciousness 282J. P. Moreland
6 The argument from reason 344Victor Reppert
7 The moral argument 391Mark D. Linville
8 The argument from evil 449Stewart Goetz
9 The argument from religious experience 498Kai-Man Kwan
10 The ontological argument 553Robert E. Maydole
11 The argument from miracles: a cumulative case for theresurrection of Jesus of Nazareth 593Timothy McGrew and Lydia McGrew
What People are Saying About This
"The Companion contains papers on a rich diversity of topics thatare representative of the new natural theology that emerged in the1970s with books by Alvin Plantinga, William Craig and others. Therapidly evolving lines of thought are increasingly influential inthe field of philosophy and the essays in this collection are"cutting edge" works, such as the very recent formulation of a newversion of the ontological argument for God's existence by RobertMaydole. The high quality of the essays make this book requiredreading for philosophers of religion and its diverse topics willinterest thinkers in many fields."–Quentin Smith, Western Michigan University
"This collection is a major contribution to the intellectualdiscussion of classical theism. Its philosophically sophisticatedessays provide essential background reading for all those engagedin serious debate about the rationality of belief in Godtoday."–John F. Haught, Georgetown University
"I used to think natural theology was a dead area and not worthyof mourning. The scholarship represented by this volume hasconvinced me I was wrong. The Blackwell Companion to NaturalTheology aptly demonstrates why natural theology has become anexciting scholarly area again. These essays combine cutting-edgephilosophy with recent scientific advancements to provide athorough, timely resource balancing confidence and humility, rigourand readability."–Justin L. Barrett, University of Oxford
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