Philosophical Thinking and the Religious Context

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  • Copyright: 2013-10-24
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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This new collection covers a wide range of cutting-edge and timely questions in contemporary philosophy of religion from a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The essays in the volume deal with a range of fascinating topics in the philosophy of religion such as views of God's nature in process philosophy and theology, process views compared with traditional views (such as that found in St Thomas Aquinas), teleology and purpose in human life and in the universe, religion and evolution, the problem of evil both in human experience and in the natural world, and ethical questions concerning the human road to God, and the question of human rights in pluralist, democratic states.

The essays in the first section, "Approaches to God," examine the rationality of the approach to the nature of God defended in process philosophy, particularly in the work of two pioneering thinkers, Charles Hartshorne and A.N. Whitehead. The second section of the book, "Science, Evolution and God," turns to the engagement of Christian views regarding the nature of God and creation with modern developments in science and philosophy. The last section, "Philosophy of Religion and Ethics," takes up broader, more foundational questions. Santiago Sia concludes the volume with a sustained reflection on the nature of philosophy, and philosophizing, a discussion to which he brings many insights and experiences from his own academic career.

Author Biography

Brendan Sweetman is Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Rockhurst University, USA. He is the author of Religion: Key Concepts in Philosophy (Continuum, 2006) and co-editor of Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (1992).

Table of Contents

Preface, Brendan Sweetman / Part 1: Approaches to God / 1. Remembering Identity: Exploring the Possibility of a Process Anthropology, Fr Ferdinand Santos / 2. Stengers on Whitehead on God, Daniel Dombrowski / 3. Thinking about the God of John Macquarrie, Owen Cummings /
Part II: Science, Evolution and God / 4. Teleology, John B. Cobb / 5. The Darker Side of Twenty First Century Science, and a Perspective from a Founding Father: Robert Boyle, Jim Malone / 6. Evolution and the Goodness of God: A Hartshornean Perspective, Donald Viney / 7. Does the theory of evolution make the problem of evil worse? Brendan Sweetman / Part III: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics / 8. Hyperbolic Thought: On Creation and Nothing, William Desmond / 9. The Heart's Road to God: a Franciscan via pulcritudinis, Sr. Mary E. Ingham / 10. Carnap's distinction and the God-question, Fr James Murphy / 11. A Different Mode of Encounter: Walzer's Egalitarian Liberalism and the Christian Tradition, Linda Hogan / Postscript / 12. Philosophizing and Philosophy: Reflections on the Source and Resource of a Quest, Santiago Sia / List of Contributors / Index

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