Exploring the Philosophy of Religion

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  • Copyright: 2016-09-12
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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 terms-while 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 authors-from Descartes, Paley and Kierkegaard to Otto, James, and Buber-to such current writers as Wendy Doniger, Mary Daly, and David Ray Griffin. For philosophers-or anyone who likes to philosophize-about important religious questions and their relation to life.

Author Biography

David Stewart received the Ph.D. from Rice University and has over thirty years experience teaching philosophy at Rice University, North Texas State University and Ohio University. In addition to Exploring the Philosophy of Religion, He is also co-author of Fundamentals of Philosophy (7th edition, Prentice Hall, 2010).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
The Varieties of Religious Experiencep. 1
Introduction: Philosophy and Religionp. 1
Mystical Experiencep. 6
Mysticismp. 9
Intuitive Ways of Knowingp. 16
Personal Experience of Godp. 17
Critique of Mysticismp. 28
The Core of Religionp. 29
Varieties of Religious Understandingp. 36
The Pluralistic Hypothesisp. 38
Retrospective: Religious Experiencep. 47
Additional Sourcesp. 48
Religion and Lifep. 49
Introduction: Religion and Lifep. 49
Life's Goal Is to Obey God's Willp. 53
Moral Obligationp. 55
Life's Goal Is to Achieve Greatnessp. 58
The Joyful Wisdomp. 60
Life Is Not Meaningful Without Godp. 64
A Confessionp. 65
Life Is Meaningful Without Godp. 71
Ethics Without Religionp. 74
Retrospective: Religion and Lifep. 82
Additional Sourcesp. 83
Religion and Human Destinyp. 85
Introduction: Religion and Deathp. 85
The Immortality of the Soulp. 88
Phaedop. 89
The Finality of Deathp. 96
Letter to Menoeceusp. 98
The Hope for Resurrectionp. 101
The Death of Deathp. 102
Death in Buddhismp. 112
The Doctrine of No-Soul: Anattap. 114
Retrospective: Religion and Deathp. 117
Additional Sourcesp. 118
Arguments for God's Existencep. 119
Introduction: The Existence of Godp. 119
The Ontological Argumentp. 123
The Most Perfect Beingp. 128
The Cosmological Argumentsp. 132
The Kalam Cosmological Argumentp. 136
The Design Argumentp. 142
Natural Theologyp. 144
The Moral Argumentp. 151
God as a Postulate of Practical Reasonp. 153
Retrospective: The Existence of Godp. 158
Additional Sourcesp. 159
The Problem of Evilp. 161
Introduction: God and Evilp. 161
Evil and the Power of Godp. 168
Divine Omnipotencep. 171
Theodicy in Process Thoughtp. 177
God in Processp. 180
Karma and Evilp. 188
Karma in Hindu Thoughtp. 190
The "Vale of Soul-Making" Theodicyp. 195
Evil and the God of Lovep. 198
Retrospective: God and Evilp. 204
Additional Sourcesp. 207
Faith and Reasonp. 209
Introduction: Opinion, Belief, and Knowledgep. 209
Belief and Falsificationp. 214
The Falsification Debatep. 218
Will and Beliefp. 227
The Will to Believep. 233
No Rational Basis for Faithp. 245
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religionp. 246
The Leap of Faithp. 253
Objective and Subjective Reflectionp. 256
Retrospective: Faith and Reasonp. 260
Additional Sourcesp. 261
Religion and Current Issuesp. 263
Introduction: Religion and Societyp. 263
Religion and Governmentp. 266
A Letter Concerning Tolerationp. 269
Religion and Womenp. 275
The Female Nature of Godp. 277
Religion and World Originsp. 284
Creative Evolutionp. 291
Religion and Human Originsp. 300
Life's Dominionp. 302
Retrospective: Religion and Current Issuesp. 311
Additional Sourcesp. 312
Biographical Summariesp. 314
Glossaryp. 318
Indexp. 324
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cool February 8, 2011
this book was really interesting, especially how it views different religions from a philosophical aspect. definitely a cool subject.
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