9780631200437

Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion

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  • ISBN13:

    9780631200437

  • ISBN10:

    0631200436

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-12-12
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Summary

Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Religion features newly commissioned debates on some of the most controversial issues in the field. Is evil evidence against belief in God? Does science discredit religion? Is God's existence the best explanation of the universe? Is morality based on God's commands? Is eternal damnation compatible with the Christian concept of God? Features debates focusing on each of twelve of the most controversial issues in the field. Includes essays, replies, and rejoinders especially commissioned for this volume. Contributors include William Alston, Lynne Rudder Baker, Peter Byrne, Richard Gale, William Hasker, Janine Marie Idziak, Michael Martin, Del Ratzsch, William Rowe, John Worrall, Keith Yandell, Dean Zimmerman, and many others.

Author Biography

Michael L. Peterson is Professor of Philosophy at Asbury College. His publications include The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings (1992), and Reason and Religious Belief (co-authored, 2002). He is also series editor of Blackwell’s Exploring the Philosophy of Religion.

Raymond J. VanArragon is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Asbury College. He specializes in epistemology and philosophy of religion.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii
Preface xi
PART I ATTACKS ON RELIGIOUS BELIEF
1(94)
Is Evil Evidence against Belief in God?
3(27)
Evil Is Evidence against Theistic Belief
3(10)
William L. Rowe
Make Atheism More Reasonable than Theism
13(12)
Daniel Howard-Snyder
Michael Bergmann
Reply to Howard-Snyder and Michael Bergmann
25(2)
Reply to Rowe
27(3)
Does Divine Hiddenness Justify Atheism?
30(29)
Divine Hiddenness Justifies Atheism
30(12)
J. L. Schellenberg
Divine Hiddenness Does Not Justify Atheism
42(12)
Paul K. Moser
Reply to Moser
54(2)
Reply to Schellenberg
56(3)
Does Science Discredit Religion?
59(36)
Science Discredits Religion
59(13)
John Worrall
The Demise of Religion: Greatly Exaggerated Reports from the Science/Religion ``Wars''
72(15)
Del Ratzsch
Reply to Ratzsch
87(3)
Reply to Worrall
90(5)
PART II ARGUMENTS FOR RELIGIOUS BELIEF
95(94)
Is God's Existence the Best Explanation of the Universe?
97(38)
Explanation and the Cosmological Argument
97(17)
Bruce R. Reichenbach
Why Traditional Cosmological Arguments Don't Work, and a Sketch of a New One that Does
114(16)
Richard M. Gale
Reply to Gale
130(2)
Reply to Reichenbach
132(3)
Does Religious Experience Justify Religious Belief?
135(29)
Religious Experience Justifies Religious Belief
135(10)
William P. Alston
Do Mystics See God?
145(13)
Evan Fales
Reply to Fales
158(3)
Reply to Alston
161(3)
Is It Rational for Christians to Believe in the Resurrection?
164(25)
It Is Rational to Believe in the Resurrection
164(10)
Stephen T. Davis
It Is Not Rational to Believe in the Resurrection
174(10)
Michael Martin
Reply to Martin
184(2)
Reply to Davis
186(3)
PART III ISSUES WITHIN RELIGION
189(155)
Can Only One Religion Be True?
191(27)
How to Sink in Cognitive Quicksand: Nuancing Religious Pluralism
191(10)
Keith E. Yandell
It Is Not Reasonable to Believe that Only One Religion Is True
201(10)
Peter Byrne
Reply to Byrne
211(4)
Reply to Yandell
215(3)
Does God Take Risks in Governing the World?
218(24)
God Takes Risks
218(10)
William Hasker
God Does Not Take Risks
228(10)
Paul Helm
Reply to Helm
238(2)
Reply to Hasker
240(2)
Does God Respond to Petitionary Prayer?
242(26)
God Responds to Prayer
242(13)
Michael J. Murray
God Does Not Necessarily Respond to Prayer
255(9)
David Basinger
Reply to Basinger
264(2)
Reply to Murray
266(2)
Is Eternal Damnation Compatible with the Christian Concept of God?
268(22)
Eternal Hell and the Christian Concept of God
268(10)
Jerry Walls
No Hell
278(9)
Thomas Talbott
Reply to Talbott
287(1)
Reply to Walls
288(2)
Is Morality Based on God's Commands?
290(25)
Divine Commands Are the Foundation of Morality
290(9)
Janine Marie Idziak
Ethics Is Based on Natural Law
299(11)
Craig A. Boyd
Raymond J. VanArragon
Reply to Boyd and VanArragon
310(3)
Reply to Idziak
313(2)
Should a Christian Be a Mind--Body Dualist?
315(29)
Christians Should Affirm Mind--Body Dualism
315(12)
Dean W. Zimmerman
Christians Should Reject Mind--Body Dualism
327(11)
Lynne Rudder Baker
Reply to Baker
338(3)
Reply to Zimmerman
341(3)
Index 344

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