Exploring the Philosophy of Religion
This introduction to the philosophy of religion helps readers understand the primary sources that are essential for genuine philosophical understanding. Its careful selection of important classical and contemporary readings, along with a clear, understandable analysis and discussion of the topics, helps build a basic vocabulary of philosophical and religious terms while becoming fluent in the main philosophical issues in religion. Chapter topics include the varieties of religious experience, religion and life, religion and human destiny, argument's for God's existence, the problem of evil, and religious language. This book presents an appealing mixture of classical and contemporary authors from Descartes, Paley and Kierkegaard to Otto, James, and Buber to such current writers as Wendy Doniger, Mary Daly, and David Ray Griffin. For philosophers or anyone who likes to philosophize about important religious questions and their relation to life.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 498.96g
- 07 Jun 2001
- Pearson Education (US)
- United States
- New edition
- 5th New edition
Table of contents
1. The Varieties of Religious Experience. READINGS: Introduction: Philosophy and Religion. Mysticism, William James. The Idea of the Holy, Rudolf Otto. I and Thou, Martin Buber. The Pluralistic Hypothesis, John Hick.2. Religion and Life. READINGS: Introduction: Religion and Life. Moral Obligation, William Paley. The Joyful Wisdom, Friedrich Nietzsche. A Confession, Leo Tolstoy. Reality and God, Konstantin Kolenda.3. Religion and Human Destiny. READINGS: Introduction: Religion and Death. Phaedo, Plato. Letter to Menoeceus, Epicurus. 1 Corinthians 15, St. Paul. The Doctrine of No-Soul: Annata, Walpola Rahula.4. Arguments for God's Existence. READINGS: Introduction: The Existence of God. The Most Perfect Being, Rene Descartes. The Argument from Contingency, Richard Taylor. Natural Theology, William Paley. God as a Postulate of Practical Reason, Immanuel Kant.5. The Problem of Evil. READINGS: Introduction: God and Evil. Evil and the God of Love, John Hick. God in Process, David Ray Griffin. Karma in Hindu Thought, Wendy Doniger. The Divine Attributes, John Stuart Mill.6. Faith and Reason. READINGS: Introduction: Opinion, Belief, and Knowledge. The Falsification Debate, Antony Flew, R.M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell. The Will to Believe, William James. Objective and Subjective Reflection, Soren Kierkegaard. What Faith Is, Paul Tillich.7. Religious Language. READINGS: Introduction: Religion and Language. A Discussion on Religious Language, A.J. Ayer and F.C. Copleston. Talking of God: Models, Ancient and Modern, Ian Ramsey. The Metaphorical Process, Paul Ricoeur. The Female Nature of God, Rosemary Ruether.Biographical Summaries. Glossary. Index.