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Belief in God

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

T. J. Mawson

Publication Date - 13 October 2005

ISBN: 9780199284955

288 pages

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Belief in God answers two questions: What, if anything, is it that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreeing about when they join in claiming that there is a God? and What, if any, prospects are there for rationally defending or attacking this claim? A highly accessible and engaging introduction to the philosophy of religion, this book offers full coverage of the key issues, from ideas about God's nature and character to arguments for and against his existence. Author T. J. Mawson makes striking new claims and defends or attacks established positions in original ways. His conversational style, lively wit, and enlightening examples make Belief in God simultaneously instructive, thought-provoking, and enjoyable to read.


  • Brilliantly clear and comprehensive coverage
  • Tackles the very concept of God as well as arguments for and against Him
  • Mawson writes in an accessible, friendly style, and with generous use of examples
  • Ideal for undergraduate courses


"Anyone working in the analytical tradition of philosophy of religion, at any level, would find something of interest in the book: both as teaching material (I know from experience how much students enjoy some of the thought experiments), and as a contribution in its own right."--Philosophy

Table of Contents

    The Concept of God
    1. Personhood, Transcendence, Immmanence
    2. Omnipotence, Omniscience, Eternality
    3. Perfect Freedom, Perfect Goodness, Necessity
    4. Creator of the World, Creator of Value
    5. Revealer, Offerer of Everlasting Life
    The Existence of God
    6. Arguing For and Against the Existence of God
    7. The Ontological Argument
    8. The Argument to Design
    9. The Cosmological Argument
    10. The Argument from Religious Experience
    11. The Argument from Reports of Apparent Miracles
    12. The Problem of Evil