Author: C. Stephen Evans
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release Date: 2010-03-23
With over 40,000 copies in print since its original publication in 1982, Steve Evans's Philosophy of Religion has served many generations of students as a classic introduction to the philosophy of religion from a Christian perspective. Over the years the philosophical landscape has changed, and in this new edition Zach Manis joins Evans in a thorough revamping of arguments and information, while maintaining the qualities of clarity and brevity that made the first edition so appreciated. New material on divine foreknowledge and human freedom has been added as well as on Reformed epistemology. The discussions on science now cover new developments from cognitive psychology and naturalism as well as on the fine-tuning of the cosmos. The chapter on faith and reason has been expanded to include consideration of evidentialism. The problem of evil now forms its own new chapter and adds a discussion of the problem of hell. The standard features remain: a survey of the field, an examination of classical arguments for God's existence, and an exploration of contemporary challenges to theism from the social sciences and philosophy as well as the natural sciences. The meaning and significance of personal religious experience, revelation and miracles--all within the realm of contemporary religious pluralism--are likewise investigated. A classic introduction thoroughly updated and refreshed for today's student.
This text combines an introduction to the themes traditionally covered in the philosophy of religion with contemporary developments in the discipline, such as natural histories of religion and feminist approaches.
A much-needed introductory level book on this widely studied subject. Isaac Asimov said that "whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse." Such quandaries are the bread and butter of philosophy of religion. Questioning why evil exists, whether God could create a stone he couldn’t lift, and if the wonder of life suggests a Creator, this fascinating branch of philosophy is concerned with arguments for and against religion, and what form an immortal god (or gods) would take if in existence. Assuming no prior knowledge of philosophy from the reader, Taliaferro provides a clear exploration of the discipline, introducing a wide range of philosophers and covering the topics of morality and religion, evil, the afterlife, prayer, and miracles. Also containing sections dedicated to Hinduism, Buddhism and the Eastern religions, this helpful primer is perfect for students or the general reader
Author: Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2007-03-12
Written with verve and clarity by a leading philosopher and contributor, this text is an accessible overview of a vibrant field, which invites readers to think through the issues in the philosophy of religion themselves.
Author: Stuart Brown
Release Date: 2014-05-01
With the entry-level student in mind, Stuart Brown guides the reader through three main topics: whether or not there is life after death; whether or not there is a powerful, beneficent intelligence controlling the universe; and the nature and appropriate defence of religious belief or faith. Each chapter is linked to readings by commentators on religion and belief, such as David Hume, John Hick, Richard Dawkins and William James. Key features also include activities and exercises, chapter summaries and guides to further reading.
Author: William Lane Craig
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Release Date: 2002
This important new book is a combined anthology and guide intended for use as a textbook in courses on philosophy of religion. It aims to bring to the student the very best of cutting-edge 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 philosophers of religion: Religious Epistemology deals with the rationality and warrant of theistic belief. 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 challenges posed by evil to theistic belief. Soul and Immortality explores the substantiality and immateriality of the soul and the implications for life after death of the body. Christian Theology handles problems posed by the Trinity, incarnation, atonement, damnation, and prayer. Presenting a sympathetic view of the topics it treats, Philosophy of Religion provides an ideal resource for studying the central questions raised by religious belief.
Author: Anne Jordan
Publisher: Nelson Thornes
Release Date: 2002
In its second edition, this text is now fully in-line with the new Advanced level specifications and is also suitable for use with the Scottish Higher. It provides an accessible and comprehensive look at the study of the Philosophy of Religion. The book features self-tests and end of unit revision pages, while summaries of each topic, including conclusion diagrams, provide helpful study hints, points for discussion and a reminder of key terms.
Author: Charles Taliaferro
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2010-01-19
In 85 new and updated essays, this comprehensive volume provides an authoritative guide to the philosophy of religion. Includes contributions from established philosophers and rising stars 22 new entries have now been added, and all material from the previous edition has been updated and reorganized Broad coverage spans the areas of world religions, theism, atheism, , the problem of evil, science and religion, and ethics
This book provides a reasoned, comprehensive understanding of what religion is as well as a clear and critical assessment of whether, in the light of modern developments in philosophy, contemporary thinking people can responsibly maintain religious belief in God. The book is divided into three major sections: the first deals with what all religions may be said to have in common; the second discusses theistic religion and the issue of intellectually responsible belief in God; the third examines current developments within a particular theistic religion, Christianity. Originally published in 1968, the book is basic, both in the nature of the issues it discusses and in the clarity and comprehensiveness of its presentation; it is varied in the arguments and perspectives dealt with; it provides an introduction to philosophical thinking through the problems of philosophy of religion; and it deals seriously with controversial movements in theology.
Author: John Williams
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
Release Date: 1977-03-01
Following a critical review of previous theological scholarship on Heidegger and a survey of North American philosophy of religion, the book examines Heidegger’s philosophy of religion and its influence on the North American variety of the same.
Among the questions that have exercised philosophers of the last sixty years, that of the existence of God has been one of the most hotly contested. That question is the subject of this book. Contents: What is the Philosophy of Religion?Three Competing Paradigms in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion. Deductivism (Neo-Thomism, Analytic Philosophy, Analytic Atheism and the Meaningfulness of Religious Language, Atheistic Deductivism). Inductivism (Mitchell’s Inductivist Proposal, Swinburne’s Bayesian Theism, Swinburne on the Prior Probability of Theism, Swinburne’s Positive Case for Theism, Swinburne’s Theodicy, the Future of Inductivism. Post-Deductivism (Deductivism and the Ethics of Belief, The Post-Deductivists on Evil, Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology, Plantinga and Wolterstorff: Christian Philosophy). Recent Work on the Traditional Arguments for God’s Existence.
Author: Kelly James Clark
Publisher: Broadview Press
Release Date: 2008-02-14
Like the first edition, the second edition of Readings in the Philosophy of Religion covers topics in a point-counterpoint manner, specifically designed to foster deep reflection. Unique to this collection is the section on the divine attributes. The book’s focus is on issues of fundamental human concern—God’s suffering, hell, prayer, feminist theology, and religious pluralism. All of these are shown, in a lengthy introduction, to relate to the standard issues in philosophical theology—omnipotence, omniscience, immutability, goodness, and eternity. For this second edition, each major section ends with an extended reflection by a philosopher who shows how to think through the issues raised in the preceding essays. Also included are a new section on the ontological argument with classical discussions by Anselm and Gaunilo, along with a new essay by Laura Garcia; a new section on religious language; new essays on the free will defense, theodicies, and feminist theology; and a new version of the cosmological argument that does not rely on the principle of sufficient reason.