The Question of God
An Introduction and Sourcebook
Routledge – 2001 – 384 pages
This important textbook introduces the six great arguments for the existence of God, as found in a wealth of primary sources from classic and contemporary texts. It requires no specialist knowledge of philosophy, and is ideally suited to students and teachers at school or university level. Sections include:
* The Ontological Argument (Anselm, Haight, Descartes, Kant, Findlay, Malcolm, Hick)
* The Cosmological Argument (Aquinas, Taylor, Hume, Kant)
* The Argument from Design (Paley, Hume, Darwin, Dawkins, Ward)
* The Argument from Miracles (Hume, Hambourger, Coleman, Flew, Swinburne, Diamond)
* The Moral Argument (Plato, Lewis, Kant, Rachels, Martin, Nielsen)
* The Pragmatic Argument (Pascal, Gracely, Stich, Penelhum, James, Moore).
Additional features include:
* revision questions
* key reading for each chapter and an extensive bibliography
* illustrated biographies of key thinkers and their works
* marginal notes and summaries of arguments.
'… Michael Palmer's "Introduction and Sourcebook" deservedly stands alone as a uniquely creative and inventive approach to the six major arguments for God's existence … The Question of God posseses an integrity and a coherence completely lacking in similar books of this kind. Simply put it has been exceptionally well thought out, and exceptionally well presented.' - Rob Fisher, Reviews in Religion and Theology
'… a model of its kind - logical, clear and fair-minded. No university or A level student has any excuse for failing after reading it.' - Martin Camroux, Expository Times
Michael Palmer is a widely read author whose Moral Problems (Lutterworth Press, 1991) is a core text in schools and colleges. He has taught at Marlborough College and Bristol University and was Head of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Manchester Grammar School. He was formerly a Teaching Fellow at McMaster University and Humboldt Fellow at Marburg University.