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Exploring the Philosophy of Religion

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9780131947238

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0131947230
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
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Pearson College Div
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Summary

This introduction to the philosophy of religion helps readers understand the primary sources that are essential for genuine philosophical understanding. Its careful selection of important classical and contemporary readings, along with a clear, understandable analysis and discussion of the topics, helps build a basic vocabulary of philosophical and religious termswhile becoming fluent in the main philosophical issues in religion. Chapter topics include the varieties of religious experience, religion and life, religion and human destiny, argument's for God's existence, the problem of evil, and religious language. This book presents an appealing mixture of classical and contemporary authorsfrom Descartes, Paley and Kierkegaard to Otto, James, and Buberto such current writers as Wendy Doniger, Mary Daly, and David Ray Griffin. For philosophersor anyone who likes to philosophizeabout important religious questions and their relation to life.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
The Varieties Of Religious Experience
1(48)
Introduction: Philosophy And Religion
1(5)
Mystical Experience
6(10)
Mysticism, William James
9(7)
The Experience of the Holy
16(12)
The Idea of the Holy, Rudolf Otto
19(9)
Critique of Mysticism
28(8)
The Core of Religion, Walter Kaufmann
29(7)
Varieties of Religious Understanding
36(11)
The Pluralistic Hypothesis, John Hick
38(9)
Retrospective: Religious Experience
47(1)
Additional Sources
48(1)
Religion And Life
49(35)
Introduction: Religion And Life
49(4)
Life's Goal Is to Obey God's Will
53(5)
Moral Obligation, William Paley
55(3)
Life's Goal Is to Achieve Greatness
58(6)
The Joyful Wisdom, Friedrich Nietzsche
60(4)
Life Is Not Meaningful Without God
64(7)
A Confession, Leo Tolstoy
65(6)
Life Is Meaningful Without God
71(11)
Ethics Without Religion, Kai Nielsen
74(8)
Retrospective: Religion And Life
82(1)
Additional Sources
82(2)
Religion And Human Destiny
84(33)
Introduction: Religion And Death
84(3)
The Immortality of the Soul
87(10)
Phaedo, Plato
88(9)
The Finality of Death
97(5)
Letter to Menoeceus, Epicurus
99(3)
The Hope for Resurrection
102(6)
The Resurrection of the Body, 1 Corinthians 15
104(4)
Death in Buddhism
108(5)
The Doctrine of No-Soul: Anata, Walpola Rahula
110(3)
Retrospective: Religion And Death
113(1)
Additional Sources
114(3)
Arguments For God's Existence
117(42)
Introduction: The Existence Of God
117(4)
The Ontological Argument
121(9)
The Most Perfect Being, Rene Descartes
126(4)
The Cosmological Arguments
130(10)
The Kalam Cosmological Argument, William Lane Craig
134(6)
The Design Argument
140(9)
Natural Theology, William Paley
142(7)
The Moral Argument
149(7)
God as a Postulate of Practical Reason, Immanuel Kant
151(5)
Retrospective: The Existence Of God
156(1)
Additional Sources
157(2)
The Problem Of Evil
159(44)
Introduction: God And Evil
159(7)
Philosophy and Evil
166(5)
The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius
167(4)
Theodicy in Process Thought
171(11)
God in Process, David Ray Griffin
174(8)
Karma and Evil
182(7)
Karma in Hindu Thought, Wendy Doniger
184(5)
The ``Vale of Soul-Making Theodicy''
189(9)
Evil and the God of Love, John Hick
192(6)
Retrospective: God And Evil
198(3)
Additional Sources
201(2)
Faith And Reason
203(54)
Introduction: Opinion, Belief, And Knowledge
203(5)
Belief and Falsification
208(13)
The Falsification Debate, Antony Flew, R. M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell
212(9)
Will and Belief
221(18)
The Will to Believe, William James
227(12)
No Rational Basis for Faith
239(8)
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, David Hume
240(7)
The Leap of Faith
247(7)
Objective and Subjective Reflection, Sren Kierkegaard
250(4)
Retrospective: Faith And Reason
254(1)
Additional Sources
255(2)
Religious Language
257(51)
Introduction: Religion And Language
257(3)
The Verification of Religious Language
260(16)
A Discussion on Religious Language, A. J. Ayer and F. C. Copleston
264(12)
The Nonliteral Use of Language
276(8)
On Analogy, St. Thomas Aquinas
279(5)
Models for Theological Discourse
284(12)
Talking of God: Models, Ancient and Modern, Ian Ramsey
285(11)
Religious Language and Gender
296(9)
The Female Nature of God, Rosemary Radford Ruether
298(7)
Retrospective: Religious Language
305(1)
Additional Sources
306(2)
Biographical Summaries 308(4)
Glossary 312(7)
Index 319


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