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Philosophy of Religion: A Reader and Guide,9780813531212

Philosophy of Religion: A Reader and Guide

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9780813531212

ISBN10:
0813531217
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Rutgers Univ Pr
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Summary

This important new volume is a combined anthology and guide intended for use as a textbook in courses on the philosophy of religion. It aims to bring to the student the very best current work on important topics in the field.

The anthology is comprised of six sections, each of which opens with a substantive introductory essay followed by a selection of influential writings by prominent philosophers of religion:
-- Religious Epistemology deals with the rationality of theism and theistic beliefs.
-- Existence of God presents the cosmological, teleological, axiological, noological, and ontological arguments for the existence of God.
-- Coherence of Theism covers the divine attributes of necessity, eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, and goodness.
-- Problem of Evil treats both the internal and external challenge posed by evil to theistic belief.
-- Soul and Immortality explores the substantiality and immateriality of the soul and implications for life after the death of the body.
-- Christian Theology handles problems posed by the Trinity, inc

Author Biography

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in Los Angeles

Table of Contents

General Introduction 1(6)
William Lane Craig
Religious Epistemology
Religious Epistemology: Introduction
7(10)
Kevin Meeker
`The Logic of Pascal's Wager'
17(8)
Ian Hacking
`A Central Theistic Argument'
25(15)
George Schlesinger
`Is Belief in God Rationally Acceptable?'
40(17)
Alvin Plantinga
`Defeating Theistic Beliefs'
57(25)
Philip L. Quinn
Suggested Reading
66(3)
Natural Theology
Natural Theology: Introduction
69(13)
William Lane Craig
Cosmological Argument
`The Cosmological Argument and the Epistemic Status of Belief in God'
82(10)
Stephen T. Davis
The Kalam Cosmological Argument
92(22)
William Lane Craig
Teleological Argument
`The Prerequisites of Life in our Universe'
114(16)
John Leslie
`Design and the Many-Worlds Hypothesis'
130(19)
Robin Collins
Axiological Argument
`The Value Dimension of the Cosmos: A Moral Argument'
149(6)
Stuart C. Hackett
Noological Argument
`Searle's Biological Naturalism and the Argument from Consciousness'
155(25)
J. P. Moreland
Ontological Argument
`The Ontological Argument'
180(9)
Alvin Plantinga
`The Conceptualist Argument for God's Existence'
189(27)
Quentin Smith
Suggested Reading
198(5)
The Coherence of Theism
The Coherence of Theism: Introduction
203(13)
William Lane Craig
Necessity
`Divine Necessity'
216(14)
Robert Prevost
Eternity
`God and Timelessness'
230(16)
Alan Padgett
Omniscience
`On Ockham's Way Out'
246(11)
Alvin Plantinga
`On Divine Middle Knowledge'
257(8)
Alfred J. Freddoso
Omnipotence
`Maximal Power'
265(18)
Thomas P. Flint
Alfred J. Freddoso
Goodness
`What Euthyphro Should Have Said'
283(34)
William P. Alston
Suggested Reading
299(4)
The Problem of Evil
The Problem of Evil: Introduction
303(14)
Timothy O'Connor
`The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism'
317(11)
William L. Rowe
`Pain and Pleasure: An Evidential Problem for Theists'
328(18)
Paul Draper
`Some (Temporarily) Final Thoughts on Evidential Arguments from Evil'
346(24)
William P. Alston
`The Magnitude, Duration, and Distribution of Evil: A Theodicy'
370(24)
Peter van Inwagen
`The Problem of Evil'
394(53)
Eleonore Stump
Suggested Reading
425(4)
The Soul and Life Everlasting
The Soul and Life Everlasting: Introduction
429(18)
J. P. Moreland
`A Refutation of Dualism'
447(8)
Paul Churchland
`A Defense of Dualism'
455(21)
John Foster
`A Defense of Dualism'
476(20)
Keith E. Yandell
`Dualism and Personal Identity'
496(21)
Richard Swinburne
`The Resurrection of the Dead'
517(39)
Stephen T. Davis
Suggested Reading
538(5)
Christian Theology
Christian Theology: Introduction
543(13)
Michael Murray
Trinity
`A Defense of the Doctrine of the Trinity'
556(12)
Richard Swinburne
Incarnation
`The Two Minds View of Incarnation'
568(9)
Thomas V. Morris
Hell
`Heaven and Hell'
577(19)
Michael J. Murray
Atonement
Rethinking the Logic of Penal Substitution
596(13)
Steven Porter
Prayer
`Petitionary Prayer'
609(18)
Eleonore Stump
Suggested Reading
625(2)
Notes on the Editors 627(2)
Acknowledgements 629(4)
Index 633


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