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The Philosophy of Religion Reader

Edited by Chad Meister

Routledge – 2007 – 716 pages

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Description

Reflecting current trends and research interests in the field - including the growing interest in religious diversity and global philosophy of religion - this broad and up to date introduction explores key writings from both the Western theistic tradition and from non-Western, non-theistic sources.

The nine sections cover:

  • Religious Diversity
  • The Nature and Attributes of God
  • Arguments for and Against the Existence of God
  • Science
  • Faith and Miracles
  • The Self and Human Condition
  • Religious Experience
  • The Problem of Evil and Suffering
  • Death and the Afterlife.

With section introductions, discusssion questions, extensive bibliographies and a supporting website featuring additional material, it is the ideal reference tool to help clarify important points and reinforce understanding.

Contents

General Introduction, Part 1, Religious Diversity 1. John Hick, RELIGIOUS PLURALISM AND THE PLURALISTIC HYPOTHESIS, 2. Keith Ward TRUTH AND THE DIVERSITY OF RELIGIONS 3. Alvin Plantinga A DEFENSE OF RELIGIOUS EXCLUSIVISM 4. Joseph Runzo RELIGIOUS RELATIVISM 5. The Dalai Lama INTERRELIGIOUS HARMONY, Part 2, The Nature and Attributes of God/ Ultimate Reality 6. Avicenna GOD’S NATURE AND KNOWLEDGE 7. Moses Maimonides DIVINE SIMPLICITY, NEGATIVE THEOLOGY, AND GOD-TALK 8. Boethius PROVIDENCE, FOREKNOWLEDGE, AND FREE WILL 9. Thomas Aquinas OMNIPOTENCE 10. Ramanuja GOD AS INFINITE, PERSONAL, AND GOOD 11. Thomas V. Morris GOD INCARNATE AND TRIUNE 12. William Hasker THE OPENNESS OF GOD 13. Nicholas Rescher PROCESS THEOLOGY—GOD IN AND FOR NATURE 14. Shankara BRAHMAN IS ALL 15. Lao Tzu THE TAO 16. K. N. Jayatilleke NIRVANA IS ULTIMATE REALITY Part 3 Arguments for and against the Existence of God 17. Thomas Aquinas THE CLASSICAL COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT 18. William Lane Craig THE KALAM COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT 19. J. L. Mackie A CRITIQUE OF COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENTS 20. Quentin Smith A LOGICAL ARGUMENT AGAINST A DIVINE CAUSE 21. William Paley THE CLASSICAL DESIGN ARGUMENT 22. Michael J. Behe A RECENT INTELLIGENT DESIGN ARGUMENT 23. Robin Collins A RECENT FINE-TUNING ARGUMENT 24. David Hume A CRITIQUE OF THE DESIGN ARGUMENT 25. Anselm of Canterbury THE CLASSICAL ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT 26. Guanilo of Marmoutier GUANILO’S RESPONSE TO ANSELM 27. Immanuel Kant A CRITIQUE OF THE ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT 28. Charles Hartshorne A RECENT ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT 29. Paul Copan THE MORAL ARGUMENT 30. Ludwig Feuerbach RELIGION AS PROJECTION 31. J. P. Moreland THE NOÖLOGICAL ARGUMENT Part 4, Faith, Reason and Evidence 32. W. K. Clifford THE ETHICS OF BELIEF 33. William James THE WILL TO BELIEVE 34. Alvin Plantinga BELIEF IN GOD AS PROPERLY BASIC 35. Blaise Pascal THE WAGER Part 5, Religion, Science and Miracles 36. David Hume THE UNREASONABILITY OF BELIEF IN MIRACLES 37. Richard Swinburne A CASE FOR MIRACLES 38. Alvin Plantinga NATURALISM AND SCIENCE 39. Daniel C. Dennett SCIENCE AND RELIGION Part 6, The Self and the Human Condition 40. Augustine THE FALLEN SELF 41. Mencius HUMAN NATURE IS NATURALLY GOOD 42. Friederich Nietzsche THE NOBLE HUMAN BEING 43. Nagarjuna THE EMPTY SELF 44 D. T. Suzuki KARMA AND THE SELF IN ZEN BUDDHISM Part 7, Religious Experience 45. William James MYSTICISM AND RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE 46. Julian of Norwich EXPERIENCING GOD 47. D. T. Suzuki SATORI/ENLIGHTENMENT 48. Sigmund Freud RELIGIOUS IDEAS AS WISH FULFILLMENTS 49. R. Douglas Geivett THE EVIDENTIAL VALUE OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE Part 8, The Problem of Evil 50. William L. Rowe THE PROBLEM OF EVIL 51. John Hick A SOUL-MAKING THEODICY 52. Alvin Plantinga A FREE WILL DEFENSE 53. Marilyn McCord Adams HORRENDOUS EVIL 54. David J. Kalupahana SUFFERING—A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE Part 9, Death and the Afterlife 55. Plato IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL 56. Stephen T. Davis RESURRECTION OF THE BODY 57. Paul K. Moser DEATH, DYING, AND THE HIDDENNESS OF GOD 58. Charles Taliaferro WHY WE NEED IMMORTALITY 59. Sri Aurobindo REBIRTH AND THE SELF 60. Robin LePoidevin SHOULD THE ATHEIST FEAR DEATH? Part 10, Recent Trends 61. Pamela Sue Anderson FEMINISM IN PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION 62. Sallie King RELIGION AND A GLOBAL ETHIC 63. Roger S. Gottlieb RELIGION AND THE ENVIRONMENT Glossary Index

Author Bio

Chad Meister is Director of Philosophy at Bethel College, USA. He has written and edited a number of books in philosophy of Religion including The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, co-edited with Paul Copan (2007).

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