God, Goodness and Philosophy

God, Goodness and Philosophy

by Harriet A. Harris (Editor)


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God, Goodness and Philosophy by Harriet A. Harris

Does belief in God yield the best understanding of value? Can we provide transcendental support for key moral concepts? Does evolutionary theory undermine or support religious moralities? Is divine forgiveness unjust? Can a wholly good God understand evil? Should philosophy of religion proceed in a faith-neutral way? Public and academic concerns regarding religion and morality are proliferating as people wonder about the possibility of moral reassurance, and the ability of religion to provide it, and about the future of religion and the relation between religious faiths. This book addresses current thinking on such matters, with particular focus on the relationship between moral values and doctrines of the divine. Leading scholars in the field test the scope of philosophy of religion, and engage with the possibilities and difficulties of attempting trans-faith philosophy. Chapters also relate to a number of cross-disciplinary contemporary debates: on evolution and ethics; politics, justice and forgiveness; and the relation between reason and emotions. Another set of chapters tests the coherence of Anselmian theism and concepts of an Omni-God in relation to divine knowledge and goodness. This book will be of interest to scholars and undergraduates in philosophy of religion, as well as moral philosophers, philosophers of science, theologians, and those working in theology and science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409428527
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/28/2011
Series: British Society for the Philosophy of Religion Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

The editor, Dr Harriet A. Harris, is author of Fundamentalism and Evangelicals (1998/2008) and co-editor of Faith and Philosophical Analysis: The Impact of Analytical Philosophy upon Philosophy of Religion (Ashgate, 2005), and has written extensively within philosophy of religion and at its interface with moral reasoning and with theology. She has been a member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford for 12 years, and Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter. She has recently moved to Edinburgh where she teaches philosophy for the University.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Prolegomena: Practising Philosophy of Religion: Introduction, philosophizing about God, goodness and morality, Harriet A. Harris; What's the use of philosophy of religion?, Victoria S. Harrison; Part I Goodness, Morality and Transcendence: Divine Commands and the Source of Goodness: The source of goodness, John Cottingham; Euthyphro's 'dilemma', Socrates' Daimonion, and Plato's God, Timothy Chappell; Beyond divine command theory: moral realism in the Hebrew Bible, Jaco Gericke; Does divine simplicity solve the Euthyphro dilemma?, Anders Kraal. Evolution and the Grounds of Morality: Piety, purity and the sacred, Roger Scruton; Evolution and agapeistic ethics, Robin Attfield; God, ethics and evolution, Herman Philipse. Part II Evil and the Goodness of God: The Parameters of Omnibenevolence: God, omniscience and understanding evil, Dan O'Brien; What makes generosity sometimes unjust?, Nicholas Wolterstorff; God's love and the problem of Hell, Ioanna-Maria Patsalidou. God and Moral Responsibility: The origin of evil and the benefits of sin, Vasil Gluchman; God and moral responsibility, Alicja A. Gescinska; Afterword: the continuing debate on morality and God, John Cottingham; References; Index.

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