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Incorporating twelve new readings, Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, Fifth Edition, presents eighty-two selections grouped into fourteen thematic sections, providing instructors with great flexibility in organizing their courses. While it deals primarily with the Western and analytic traditions in philosophy, the book also incorporates readings representing continental, Asian, and Islamic perspectives. The selections are enhanced by substantial section introductions, study questions, suggested readings, and an extensive glossary at the end of the book. The fifth edition includes a new section, "Atheism and Nonreligious Approaches to Religion," featuring work by Paul Draper, Ludwig Feuerbach, Michael Martin, Michael Peterson, and Michael Ruse. Seven other additional selections appear throughout the text.
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Michael Peterson is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary.
William Hasker is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Huntington University.
Bruce Reichenbach is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Augsburg College.
David Basinger is Professor of Philosophy & Ethics at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Table of Contents
*=New to this Edition Preface INTRODUCTION: Exploring the Philosophy of Religion PART ONE: THE NATURE OF RELIGION An Evolutionary Account of Religion, Daniel C. Dennett Buddhist Nonrealism, Buddha A Defense of Religious Realism, Roger Trigg The Meaning of Religious Beliefs Is in Their Use, D. Z. Phillips PART TWO: RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE Religious Experiences, St. Teresa of Jesus Religious Experience as Feelings Forming the Root of Religion, William James Religious Experience as Perception of God, William P. Alston Religious Experiences as Interpretative Accounts, Wayne Proudfoot Critique of Religious Experience, Michael Martin A Phenomenological Account of Religious Experience, Merold Westphal * Religious Experience Brings about Awakening, Hakuun Yasutani Roshi PART THREE: FAITH AND REASON The Harmony of Reason and Revelation, Thomas Aquinas The Wager, Blaise Pascal The Ethics of Belief, William Clifford The Will to Believe, William James Truth Is Subjectivity, Søren Kierkegaard Critical Dialog in Philosophy of Religion, C. Stephen Evans PART FOUR: ARGUMENTS ABOUT GOD'S EXISTENCE The Classical Ontological Argument, St. Anselm Critique of Anselm's Argument, Gaunilo A Contemporary Modal Version of the Ontological Argument, Alvin Plantinga The Classical Cosmological Argument, Thomas Aquinas The Cosmological Argument from Contingency, Bruce R. Reichenbach The Kalam Cosmological Argument, William Lane Craig Critique of the Cosmological Argument, J. L. Mackie The Analogical Teleological Argument, William Paley Critique of the Analogical Teleological Argument, David Hume * The Anthropic Teleological Argument, Robin Collins * A Moral Argument for God's Existence, C.S. Lewis PART FIVE: KNOWING GOD WITHOUT ARGUMENTS The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology, Alvin Plantinga Experience, Proper Basicality, and Belief in God, Robert Pargetter The Case of the Intellectually Sophisticated Theist, William Hasker PART SIX: THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES God's Necessary Existence, John Hick Negative Theology, Moses Maimonides God Is Omnipotent, Thomas Aquinas Some Puzzles Concerning Omnipotence, George I. Mavrodes Divine Omniscience and Voluntary Action, Nelson Pike God Is Timeless, Boethius God Is Everlasting, Nicholas Wolterstorff Atman Is Brahman, The Upanishads PART SEVEN: DIVINE ACTION Providence: Risky or Risk-Free?, Paul Helm Middle Knowledge and Classical Christian Thought, David Basinger An Objection to Middle Knowledge, Robert Merrihew Adams The Vulnerability of God, J. R. Lucas God Is Creative-Responsive Love, John B. Cobb and David Ray Griffin PART EIGHT: THE PROBLEM OF EVIL Evil Makes a Strong Case against God's Existence, David Hume Best of All Possible Worlds Theodicy, Gottfried Leibniz Evil and Omnipotence, J. L. Mackie The Free Will Defense, Alvin Plantinga Soul-Making Theodicy, John Hick The Evidential Argument from Evil, William Rowe Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God, Marilyn McCord Adams * Evil and Suffering in Islam, Mohammed Ghaly * PART NINE: ATHEISM AND NONRELIGIOUS APPROACHES TO RELIGION * God Is a Projection of Human Nature, Ludwig Feuerbach * Conflicts between the Divine Attributes, Michael Martin * Pain, Pleasure, and the Evidence for Atheism, Paul Draper * The Naturalist Challenge to Religion, Michael Ruse * The Encounter between Atheistic Naturalism and Christian Theism, Michael Peterson PART TEN: MIRACLES Is it Possible to Know that Jesus Was Raised from the Dead?, Stephen T. Davis The Evidence for Miracles Is Weak, David Hume Miracles and Testimony, J. L. Mackie Miracles and Historical Evidence, Richard Swinburne PART ELEVEN: LIFE AFTER DEATH The Soul Survives and Functions after Death, H. H. Price The Soul Needs a Brain to Continue to Function, Richard Swinburne Problems with Accounts of Life after Death, Linda Badham Resurrection of the Person, John Hick The Buddhist View of Rebirth, Anonymous A Hindu View of Rebirth, Sri Aurobindo PART TWELVE: RELIGION AND SCIENCE Two Separate Domains, Stephen Jay Gould Science Discredits Religion, Richard Dawkins Reinstating Design within Science, William Dembski At the Mercy of Chance?, Phillip Kitcher * Naturalism and Science Are Incompatible, Alvin Plantinga The Universe as Creation, John Polkinghorne PART THIRTEEN: RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY Buddhism and Other Religions, Dalai Lama The Universality and Uniqueness of Religious Doctrines, Paul Griffiths Religious Inclusivism, Karl Rahner Religious Pluralism, John Hick PART FOURTEEN: RELIGION AND MORALITY * The Relation of Good to the Divine Will, Plato Which God Ought We to Obey?, Alasdair MacIntyre Ethics and Natural Law, Thomas Aquinas * A Confucian View of Morality, Mengzi (Mencius) Ethics without Religion, Jean-Paul Sartre Glossary