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Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology

R. Douglas Geivett and Brendan Sweetman

Publication Date - February 1993

ISBN: 9780195073249

368 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $86.95

Description

This unique textbook--the first to offer balanced, comprehensive coverage of all major perspectives on the rational justification of religious belief--includes twenty-four key papers by some of the world's leading philosophers of religion. Arranged in six sections, each representing a major approach to religious epistemology, the book begins with papers by noted atheists, setting the stage for the main theistic responses--Wittgensteinian Fideism, Reformed epistemology, natural theology, prudential accounts of religious beliefs, and rational belief based in religious experience--in each case offering a representative sample of papers by leading exponents, a critical paper, and a substantial bibliography. A comprehensive introductory essay and ample cross-references help students to contrast and evaluate the different approaches, while the overall arrangement encourages them to assess the full range of philosophical positions on the issue.
Carefully selected to provide both a comprehensive overview of current work and a series of modern perspectives on many classic sources--Swinburne's detailed discussion of Hume's critique of the design argument, for example, as well as an entire section evaluating and extending Pascal's famous Wager--the essays also provide a uniquely readable survey that will be useful in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of religion and epistemology.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    I. ATHEISM
    Expositional
    1. The Presumption of Atheism, Anthony Flew
    2. The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism, William L. Rowe
    3. Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Michael Martin
    Critical
    4. Atheological Apologetics, Scott A. Shalkowski
    II. WITTGENSTEINIAN FIDEISM
    Expositional
    5. Faith, Skepticism, and Religious Understanding, D.Z. Phillips
    6. The Groundlessness of Belief, Norman Malcolm
    7. Theology, Atheism, and Theism, Paul L. Holmer
    Critical
    8. Does Religious Skepticism Rest on a Mistake?, Kai Nielson
    III. REFORMED EPISTEMOLOGY
    Expositional
    9. Is Belief in God Properly Basic?, Alvin Plantinga
    10. Is Reason Enough?, Nicholas Wolterstorff
    11. Experience, Proper Basicality, and Belief in God, Robert Pargetter
    Critical
    12. Belief in God Is Not Properly Basic, Stewart C. Goetz
    IV. NATURAL THEOLOGY
    Expositional
    13. Philosophical and Scientific Pointers to Creatio ex Nihilo, William Lane Craig
    14. The Argument from Design, Richard Swinburne
    15. The Three-Stage Argument for the Existence of God, Dallas Willard
    16. Flavors, Colors, and God, Robert M. Adams
    Critical
    17. The Irrelevance to Religion of Philosophic Proofs for the Existence of God, Steven M. Cahn
    V. PRUDENTIAL ACCOUNTS OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF
    Expositional
    18. Pascalian Wagering, Thomas V. Morris
    19. You Bet Your Life: Pascal's Wager Defended, William G. Lycan and George N. Schlesinger
    Critical
    20. Pascal's Wager, James Cargile
    VI. RATIONAL BELIEF AND RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
    Expositional
    21. Religious Experience and Religious Belief, William P. Alston
    22. The Rationality of Religious Belief, John Hick
    23. Three Models of Faith, James Kellenberger
    Critical
    24. Explaining Religious Experience, Wayne Proudfoot