Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Religion : Selected Readings

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Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings contains articles by both classical and contemporary authors in the philosophy of religion. The articles cover the standard topics in the field, including religious experience, theistic arguments, the problems of evil, and miracles, as well as the topics that have gained the attention of philosophers of religion recently, such as reformed epistemology, the philosophical analysis of theological doctrine, and teh kalam cosmological argument. The collection also includes topics seldom covered in available texts, such as religious and science, religious pluarism, process theism, and religious ethics. The volume is organized into thirteen thematic sections. Each begins with an introduction - revised for this edition - to the central topic and ends with updated suggested further readings. Included in the works new to the second edition are selections from John Locke, Moses Maimonides, the Upanishads, Lao Tsu, The Dalai Lama, Stephen Jay Gould, Richaed Dawkins, Sarah Coakley, Anthony Flew, and George Mavrodes. The anthology works well as a stand-alone source for courses in the philosophy of religion; it is also an ideal companion to the editors' textbook, Reason and Religious Belief, Second Edition (OUP, 1998) because the books have a common topical structure.show more

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  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 164 x 234 x 30mm | 961.61g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0195135466
  • 9780195135466

Table of contents

Introduction; PART ONE: RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE; Introduction; "Religious Experiences", St. Teresa of Jesus; "Religious Experiences as the Route of Religion", William James; "Religious Experience as the Perception of God", William P. Alston; "Religious Experience as Interpretive Accounts", Wayne Proudfoot; "Critique of Religious Experience", Michael Martin; "A Phenomenological Account of Religious Experience", Merrold Westphal; Suggested Reading; PART TWO: FAITH AND REASON; Introduction; "The Harmony of Reason and Revelation", Thomas Aquinas; "The Harmony of Philosophy and the Qur'an", Ibn Rushd; "The Wager", Blaise Pascal; "The Ethics of Belief", William Clifford; "The Will to Believe", William James; "Truth is Subjectivity", Soren Kierkegaard; "Soft Rationalism", William J. Abraham; Suggested Reading; PART THREE: THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES; Introduction; "God's Necessary Existence", John Hick; "Negative Theology", Moses Maimonides; "God is Omnipotent", Thomas Aquinas; "Some Puzzles Concerning Omnipotence", George Mavrodes; "Divine Omniscience and Voluntary Action", Nelson Pike; "God is Timeless", Boethius; "God is Everlasting", Nicholas Wolterstorff; "God is Creative-Responsive Love", John B. Cobb and David Ray Griffin; "Atman is Brahman" from the Upanishads; "The Concept of God and Feminist Critique", Sarah Coakley; Suggested Reading; PART FOUR: ARGUMENTS ABOUT GOD'S EXISTENCE; Introduction; "The Classical Ontological Argument", St. Anselm; "Critique of Anselem's Argument", Gaunilo; "A Contemporary Modal Version of the Ontological Argument", Alvin Plantinga; "The Classical Cosmological Argument", Thomas Aquinas; "A Contemporary Version of the Cosmological Argument", Richard Tyler; "The Kalam Cosmological Argument", J.P. Moreland; "Critique of the Cosmological Argument", J.L. Mackie; "The Anthropic Teleological Argument", L. Stafford Betty with Bruce Cordell; "A Naturalistic Account of the Universe", Paul Davies; The Moral Argument", C.S. Lewis; Suggested Reading; PART FIVE: THE PROBLEM OF EVIL; "Evil is Privation of the Good", St. Augstine; "Evil Makes a Strong Case Against God's Existence", David Hume; "Evil and Omnipotence", J.L. Mackie; "The Free Will Defense", Alvin Plantinga; "Soul-Making Theodicy", John Hick; "The Evidential Argument from Evil", William Rowe; Suggested Reading; PART SIX: KNOWING GOD WITHOUT ARGUMENTS; Introduction; "The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology", Alvin Plantinga; "Experience, Proper Basicality, and Belief in God", Robert Pargetter; "The Case of the Intellectually Sophisticated Theist", William Hasker; "Reformed Epistemology and David Hick's Religious Pluralism", David Basinger; "Feminism adn Religious Epistemology", Sarah Coakley; Suggested Reading; PART SEVEN: RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE; Introduction; "The Doctrine of Analogy", Thomas Aquinas; The Falsification Debate", Anthony Flew and Basil Mitchell; "Religious Language as Symbolic", Paul Tillich; "Sexism and God-Talk", Rosemary Radford Ruether; "The True Tao is Unspeakable", Lao Tsu; Suggested Reading; PART EIGHT: MIRACLES; Introduction; "The Evidence for Miracles is Weak", David Hume; "Miracles and Historical Evidence", Richard Swinburne; "Miracles and Testimony", J.L. Mackie; Suggested Reading; PART NINE: LIFE AFTER DEATH; "The Soul Survives and Functions After Death", H.H. Price; "The Soul Needs a Brain to Continue to Function", Richard Swinburne; "The Problem With Accounts of Life After Death", Linda Badham; "Resurrection of the Person", John Hick; "Rebirth", Sri Aurobindo; Suggested Reading; PART TEN: RELIGION AND SCIENCE; Introduction; "Two Separate Domains", Stephen Jay Gould; "Science Discredits Religion", Richard Dawkins; "Theology and Scientific Methodology", Nancy Murphy; Suggested Reading; PART ELEVEN: RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY; Introduction; "Religious Diversity", Dalai Lama; "The Uniqueness of Religious Doctrines", Paul Griffiths; "Religious Inclusivism", Karl Rahner; "Religious Pluralism", John Hick; Suggested Readings; PART TWELVE: RELIGIOUS ETHICS; Introductions; "Which God Ought We to Obey?", Alasdair MacIntyre; "Ethics Without Religion", Kai Nelson; "Ethics and Natural Law", Thomas Aquinas; Suggested Reading; PART THIRTEEN: PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGICAL DOCTRINES; Introduction; "Jesus Christ Was Fully God and Fully Human", Thomas Morris; "The Concept of Revelation", George Mavrodes; "Why Petition God?", Eleonore Stump; Suggested Readingshow more

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