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Ten Essential Texts in the Philosophy of Religion

Classics and Contemporary Issues

Edited by Steven M. Cahn

Publication Date - August 2004

ISBN: 9780195171006

528 pages
Paperback
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $92.95

A new approach to teaching the philosophy of religion

Description

Offering a new approach to teaching the philosophy of religion, this anthology is organized around ten of the most widely read texts in the field. Presented in their entirety, these classics serve as a framework for a variety of accessible contemporary essays that are also included. The book's unique structure gives students the opportunity to study in depth complete historical works while also conveying a sense of how today's philosophers have explored related issues. Editor Steven M. Cahn has annotated each text to clarify all unfamiliar references. He has also provided introductions that contain biographical profiles of the authors and philosophical commentaries on their writings.
Ten Essential Texts in the Philosophy of Religion: Classics and Contemporary Issues may be supplemented by Questions about God: Today's Philosophers Ponder the Divine, a provocative collection of recent articles on the nature of God, edited by Steven M. Cahn and David Shatz (OUP, 2002).

Ten Essential Texts in the Philosophy of Religion includes the following unabridged classic works:

Euthyphro, Plato
The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius
Proslogion, Anselm; On Behalf of the Fool, Gaunilo: and Reply to Gaunilo, Anselm
Summa Theologiae, Thomas Aquinas
Of Miracles, David Hume
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, David Hume
Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Søren Kierkegaard
The Will to Believe, William James
The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James
Theology and Falsification, Antony Flew, R.M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell

Reviews

"A good collection of classic texts in the philosophy of religion. The contemporary discussions help to bring out both the depth of the arguments and some problems inherent in them."--James M. Jacobs, Notre Dame Seminary

"After twenty-five years of teaching the philosophy of religion, I now have a text that covers what needs to be covered and is accessible to non-majors."--Donald Hatcher, Baker University

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. Euthyphro, Plato
    God and Moral Autonomy, James Rachels
    2. The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius
    Divine Omniscience and Voluntary Action, Nelson Pike
    God Everlasting, Nicholas Wolterstorff
    3. Proslogion, Anselm; On Behalf of the Fool, Gaunilo; Reply to Gaunilo, Anselm
    The Impossibility of an Ontological Proof of the Existence of God, Immanuel Kant
    The Ontological Argument, William L. Rowe
    Some Puzzles Concerning Omnipotence, George Mavrodes
    The Logic of Omnipotence, Harry G. Frankfurt
    God and Forgiveness, Anne C. Minas
    4. Summa Theologiae (I, 1, 2), Thomas Aquinas
    Aquinas' Five Proofs, F.C. Copleston
    The Cosmological Argument: A Defense, Richard Taylor
    The Cosmological Argument: A Critique, William L. Rowe
    5. Of Miracles, David Hume
    Miracles, Richard Swinburne
    6. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, David Hume
    The Teleological Argument, William Paley
    Hume on Evil, Nelson Pike
    The Problem of Evil, John H. Hick
    The Problem of Goodness, Steven M. Cahn
    The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism, William L. Rowe
    7. Concluding Unscientific Postscript (Selection), Søren Kierkegaard
    Kierkegaard's Arguments Against Objective Reasoning in Religion, Robert Merrihew Adams
    Faith, Richard Taylor
    Faith and Reason, Michael Scriven
    8. The Will to Believe, William James
    The Wager, Blaise Pascal
    Pascal's Wager: A Critique, Simon Blackburn
    The Ethics of Belief, W.K. Clifford
    William James and the Will to Believe, Michael Martin
    The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology, Alvin Plantinga
    Religious Beliefs and Basic Beliefs, Michael Martin
    9. The Varieties of Religious Experience (XVI, XVII), William James
    A Religious Way of Knowing, C.B. Martin
    Religious Experience as Perception of God, William Alston
    Religious Pluralism and Salvation, John H. Hick
    10. Theology and Falsification, Antony Flew, R.M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell
    The Problem of Verification, John H. Hick
    Life After Death, Terence Penelhum
    The Hiddenness of God, Robert McKim
    Religion Versus the Religious, John Dewey

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