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Philosophy of Religion

Selected Readings

Fifth Edition

Michael Peterson, William Hasker, Bruce Reichenbach, and David Basinger

Publication Date - January 2014

ISBN: 9780199303441

672 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $63.95

The most complete and economically priced introductory anthology in the philosophy of religion

Description

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.

An excellent stand-alone text for courses in the philosophy of religion, Philosophy of Religion, Fifth Edition, is also a perfect companion to the editors' textbook, Reason and Religious Belief, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2012), as the two books share the same topical organization.

Package Philosophy of Religion, Fifth Edition, with Reason and Religious Belief, Fifth Edition, and save your students 20% (package ISBN 978-0-19-935952-3). To order, please contact your Oxford sales representative or call 800.280.0280.

About the Author(s)

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.

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 2009
April 2006
December 2000

Reviews

"Philosophy of Religion is very appropriate for undergraduates. I know of no better text on the market right now. It is without peer."--Stephen C. Law, University of Central Oklahoma

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 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

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