READINGS IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

READINGS IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

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Like the first edition, the second edition of Readings in the Philosophy of Religion covers topics in a point-counterpoint manner, specifically designed to foster deep reflection. Unique to this collection is the section on the divine attributes. The book’s focus is on issues of fundamental human concern—God’s suffering, hell, prayer, feminist theology, and religious pluralism. All of these are shown, in a lengthy introduction, to relate to the standard issues in philosophical theology—omnipotence, omniscience, immutability, goodness, and eternity.

For this second edition, each major section ends with an extended reflection by a philosopher who shows how to think through the issues raised in the preceding essays. Also included are a new section on the ontological argument with classical discussions by Anselm and Gaunilo, along with a new essay by Laura Garcia; a new section on religious language; new essays on the free will defense, theodicies, and feminist theology; and a new version of the cosmological argument that does not rely on the principle of sufficient reason.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 175.26 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 725.75g
  • Peterborough, Canada
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • 1551118033
  • 9781551118031
  • 1,414,985

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Like the first edition, the second edition of Readings in the Philosophy of Religion covers topics in a point-counterpoint manner, specifically designed to foster deep reflection. Unique to this collection is the section on the divine attributes. The book's focus is on issues of fundamental human concern--God's suffering, hell, prayer, feminist theology, and religious pluralism. All of these are shown, in a lengthy introduction, to relate to the standard issues in philosophical theology--omnipotence, omniscience, immutability, goodness, and eternity.



For this second edition, each major section ends with an extended reflection by a philosopher who shows how to think through the issues raised in the preceding essays. Also included are a new section on the ontological argument with classical discussions by Anselm and Gaunilo, along with a new essay by Laura Garcia; a new section on religious language; new essays on the free will defense, theodicies, and feminist theology; and a new version of the cosmological argument that does not rely on the principle of sufficient reason.
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"Philosophy of religion anthologies struggle to present students with a collection that is both representative of the field and informative about the crucial history of its central topics. Clark's superbly crafted collection strikes exactly the right balance. Each section contains central classical texts alongside representative contemporary selections that provide students with access to cutting edge scholarship. This text is an ideal choice both for introductory and upper level courses in philosophy of religion."--Michael J. Murray "Kelly Clark's impressive anthology was surely one of the very best available; in its second edition it is even better. Clark's judicious selections are accessible to undergraduates; nevertheless, the anthology thoroughly covers the important topics and covers them in professionally fine style."--Alvin Plantinga "This is an excellent collection, combining the best of the classical treatments of these venerable topics with fine contemporary readings (some of them unique to this volume). It also contains a judicious mixture of arguments in favor of theism and arguments against. Finally, the book is to be commended for including a larger number of pieces by women than these volumes usually do."--John Hare "This is an excellent collection, combining the best of the classical treatments of these venerable topics with fine contemporary readings (some of them unique to this volume). It also contains a judicious mixture of arguments in favor of theism and arguments against. Finally, the book is to be commended for including a larger number of pieces by women than these volumes usually do." -- John Hare, Yale University

"Kelly Clark's impressive anthology was surely one of the very best available; in its second edition it is even better. Clark's judicious selections are accessible to undergraduates; nevertheless, the anthology thoroughly covers the important topics and covers them in professionally fine style." -- Alvin Plantinga, University of Notre Dame

"Philosophy of religion anthologies struggle to present students with a collection that is both representative of the field and informative about the crucial history of its central topics. Clark's superbly crafted collection strikes exactly the right balance. Each section contains central classical texts alongside representative contemporary selections that provide students with access to cutting edge scholarship. This text is an ideal choice both for introductory and upper level courses in philosophy of religion." -- Michael J. Murray, Franklin and Marshall College "This is an excellent collection, combining the best of the classical treatments of these venerable topics with fine contemporary readings (some of them unique to this volume). It also contains a judicious mixture of arguments in favor of theism and arguments against. Finally, the book is to be commended for including a larger number of pieces by women than these volumes usually do." -- John Hare, Yale University

"Kelly Clark's impressive anthology was surely one of the very best available; in its second edition it is even better. Clark's judicious selections are accessible to undergraduates; nevertheless, the anthology thoroughly covers the important topics and covers them in professionally fine style." -- Alvin Plantinga, University of Notre Dame

"Philosophy of religion anthologies struggle to present students with a collection that is both representative of the field and informative about the crucial history of its central topics. Clark's superbly crafted collection strikes exactly the right balance. Each section contains central classical texts alongside representative contemporary selections that provide students with access to cutting edge scholarship. This text is an ideal choice both for introductory and upper level courses in philosophy of religion." -- Michael J. Murray, Franklin and Marshall College
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About Kelly James Clark

Kelly James Clark is Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of When Faith Is Not Enough (Eerdmans Publishing Comany, 1997), the co-author of The Story of Ethics: Fulfilling Our Human Nature (Prentice Hall, 2002), and the editor of Philosophers Who Believe (InterVarsity Press, 1997).
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