Exploring Philosophy of Religion

Exploring Philosophy of Religion : An Introductory Anthology

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What are the inherent claims that lie at the core of religion? Which of them are defensible by reason, and which are not? Potential answers to these questions and more, from influential philosophers past and present, may be found in this short book edited by Steven M. Cahn. Featuring fifty-two classic and contemporary readings, Exploring Philosophy of Religion: Text and Readings is a topically-organized anthology that presents broad coverage of seven major areas in the philosophy of religion - the concept of God, the existence of God, religious language, miracles and mysticism, belief in God, resurrection and immortality, and religious pluralism - in a clear and accessible format. With guiding introductory material from Professor Cahn, each of the readings has been carefully selected and edited for maximum clarity and comprehensiveness; only the most essential material is included. To further foster understanding, the text also features an appendix consisting of Professor Cahn's monograph, God, Reason, and Religion, which provides a synthesis and interpretation of the crucial issues raised throughout the readings.show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 43.18mm | 703.06g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019534085X
  • 9780195340853

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"Exploring Philosophy of Religion pares down the number of articles normally included in a philosophy of religion anthology, focusing on the most significant topics and selecting the most significant and accessible texts. It comprises an elegant, well-designed course in the philosophy of religion."--Kevin Zaragoza, University of Georgia"Professor Cahn has assembled an excellent collection of topics--broad enough to give students a good feel for the discipline as a whole while not overwhelming them with details/articles that might be beyond the scope of an undergraduate course."--Matthew T. Puglisi, Queens College (City University of New York) and Hofstra University"'God, Reason, and Religion' [the appendix] is a wonderful introduction to philosophy of religion. Utterly convincing, written clearly, and with great common sense."--Peter Singer, Princeton Universityshow more

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; PART I: THE CONCEPT OF GOD; 1. God and Goodness - James Rachels; 2. God's Omnipotence - George Mavrodes; 3. God's Foreknowledge and Free Will - Augustine; 4. God's Omniscience and Contingent Events - Levi Gersonides; 5. Does God Know the Future? - Steven M. Cahn; 6. Does God Change? - William Hacker; 7. God and Forgiveness - Anne C. Minas; 8. God and the Concept of Worship - James Rachels; PART II: THE EXISTENCE OF GOD; 9. The Ontological Argument - Anselm and Gaunilo; 10. The Ontological Argument : A Restatement - Rene Descartes; 11. The Ontological Argument: A Critique - Immanuel Kant; 12. The Ontological Argument: An Assessment - John H. Hick; 13. The Five Ways - Thomas Aquinas; 14. The Cosmological Argument - Richard Taylor; 15. The Cosmological Argument: An Assessment - John H. Hick; 16. The Argument to Design - William Paley; 17. The Argument to Design and the Problem of Evil - David Hume; 18. The Problem of Evil - John H. Hick; 19. A Defense of Atheism - Ernest Nagel; 20. Why God Allows Evil - Richard Swinburne; 21. Suffering and Evil - George Schlesinger; 22. A Reply to Schlesinger - Jeremy Gwiazda; 23. Theism and Modern Science - Nicholas Everitt; PART III: RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE; 24. Negative Attributes - Moses Maimonides; 25. The Use of Analogy - Thomas Aquinas; 26. The Inadequacy of Analogy - F. C. Copleston; 27. Positive Attributes - Levi Gersonides; 28. Experience and Metaphor - Janet Martin Soskice; 29. Metaphors Without Meaning - Paul Edwards; PART IV: MIRACLES AND MYSTICISM; 30. Of Miracles - David Hume; 31. On Miracles - Paul J. Dietl; 32. Mysticism - William James; 33. Perceiving God - William Alston; 34. Perceiving God: A Critique - William L. Rowe; PART V: BELIEF IN GOD; 35. The Wager - Blaise Pascal; 36. Pascal's Wager: A Critique - Simon Blackburn; 37. The Ethics of Belief - W. K. Clifford; 38. The Will to Believe - William James; 39. The Will to Believe: A Critique - Nicholas Everitt; 40. Belief Without Argument - Alvin Plantinga; 41. Belief Without Argument: A Critique - Michael Martin; 42. Faith - Richard Taylor; 43. Faith and Reason - Michael Scriven; 44. Theology and Falsification - Anthony Flew, R. M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell; 45. The Hiddenness of God - Robert McKim; PART VI: RESURRECTION AND IMMORTALITY; 46. Resurrection - John H. Hick; 47. Life After Death - Terence Penelhum; 48. Do We Need Immortality? - Grace M. Jantzen; PART VII: RELIGIOUS PLURALISM; 49. The Dimensions of Religion - Ninian Smart; 50. Religious Pluralism and Salvation - John H. Hick; 51. A Defense of Religious Exclusivism - Alvin Plantinga; 52. Religion Versus the Religious - John Dewey; Conclusion; Appendix: God, Reason, and Religion - Steven M. Cahnshow more

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