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PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: AN ANTHOLOGY, 7E introduces students to the philosophy of religion through a balanced blend of classic and contemporary articles. Using a topical approach, this engaging textbook begins by outlining traditional concepts of God, then moves into related fields of inquiry such as the problem of evil, feminist perspectives of God, and mystical experiences. In addition, the textbook presents traditional proofs of God's existence, along with counter arguments. PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: AN ANTHOLOGY, 7E also examines the interplay between religion and science, religion and faith, and religion and epistemology.
- New selections from Hindu and Mahayana Buddhist religious traditions.
- Expanded coverage of feminist perspectives on topics such as religious experience and the problem of evil.
- New section on "The Nature of Faith," with readings from Richard Swinburne, Lara Buchak, and Daniel Howard-Snyder.
- Additional material on the problem of divine hiddenness and the "skeptical theist" response to the problem of evil.
- Greater emphasis on the interconnection of topics such as religion and science, religious experience, testimony and miracles.
- Authors selected include Anselm of Cantebury, Thomas Aquinas, Moses Prasannatma Das, Thomas V. Morris, Clark Pinnock, Sallie McFague, Richard Dawkins, Martin Buber, Sushanta Sen, and Christopher Ives.
- Seventy-six carefully selected articles give students a well-rounded introduction to the philosophy of religion.
- Major topics include: The Concept of God; Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God; Evil and the Hiddenness of God; Religion and Experience; Faith and Rationality; Religious Pluralism; Death and Immortality.
- Numerous articles for each topic provides flexibility to select only the readings that suit particular course needs.
- Brief, clear introductions to each part of the text enable students to better comprehend the articles.
PART I: THE CONCEPT OF GOD.
I.A Concepts of God and the Ultimate.
I.A.1 Selections from Ancient Greek Philosophers.
I.A.2 The Concept of God.
Thomas V. Morris.
I.A.3 The Openness of God--Systematic Theology.
Clark H. Pinnock.
I.A.4 God and the World.
I.A.5 The Reality of God.
I.A.6 The Love of God and the Idea of Deity.
I.A.7 The Vedic-Upanisadic Conception of Brahman (The Highest God).
I.A.8 Emptiness: Soteriology and Ethics in Mahayana Buddhism.
I.B Classical Theistic Attributes.
I.B.1 Temporal Eternity.
Stephen T. Davis.
I.B.2 The God Beyond Time.
Hugh J. McCann.
I.B.3 Is God''s Power Limited?
St. Thomas Aquinas.
I.B.4 Some Puzzles Concerning Omnipotence.
I.B.5 The Logic of Omnipotence.
Harry G. Frankfurt.
I.B.6 Divine Foreknowledge and Human Free Will.
I.B.7 God''s Foreknowledge and Human Free Will Are Incompatible.
I.B.8 God''s Foreknowledge and Human Free Will Are Compatible.
I.B.9 Can God Be Free?
I.B.10 The Freedom of God
PART II: TRADITIONAL ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD.
II.A The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God.
II.A.1 The Ontological Argument.
II.A.2 A Critique of the Ontological Argument.
II.B The Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God.
II.B.1 The Five Ways.
II.B.2 The Argument from Contingency.
II.B.3 An Examination of the Cosmological Argument.
II.B.4 The Kalām Cosmological Argument.
William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland.
II.B.5 A Critique of the Kalām Cosmological Argument.
II.C The Teleological Argument for the Existence of God.
II.C.1 The Watch and the Watchmaker.
II.C.2 A Critique of the Design Argument.
II.C.3 Arguments from Design.
II.C.4 A Scientific Argument for the Existence of God.
PART III: EVIL AND THE HIDDENNESS OF GOD.
III.A Historical and Literary Perspectives.
III.A.1 The Argument from Evil.
III.A.2 Theodicy: A Defense of Theism.
III.A.4 The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.
Ursula K. LeGuin.
III.B The Problems of Evil and Divine Hiddenness.
III.B.1 Evil and Omnipotence.
J. L. Mackie.
III.B.2 The Inductive Argument from Evil against the Existence of God.
III.B.3 Evolution and the Problem of Evil.
III.B.4 Whose Problem is the Problem of Evil?
III.B.5. Divine Hiddenness Justifies Atheism.
J. L. Schellenberg.
III.C.1 The Free Will Defense.
III.C.2 Evil and Soul-Making.
III.C.3 Epistemic Humility, Arguments from Evil, and Moral Skepticism.
III.C.4 The Problem of Evil and the Desires of the Heart.
III.C.5 Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God.
Marilyn McCord Adams.
III.C.6 Suffering as Religious Experience.
Laura Waddell Ekstrom.
III.C.7 Deus Absconditus.
Michael J. Murray.
III.C.8 Divine Hiddenness, Divine Silence.
PART IV: RELIGION AND EXPERIENCE.
IV.A Mystical Experience and the Perception of God.
IV.A.1 Selections of Mystical Experiences.
IV.A.3 Mysticism and Experience.
IV.A.4 Perceiving God.
William P. Alston.
IV.A.5 Do Mystics See God?
IV.A.6 Religious Experience and Naturalistic Explanations.
IV.B Miracles and Testimony.
IV.B.1 Against Miracles.
IV.B.2 Miracles and Testimony.
J. L. Mackie.
IV.B.3 Of ''Of Miracles''.
Peter van Inwagen.
IV.C Religion and Science.
IV.C.1 Science Versus Religion.
IV.C.2 Non-Overlapping Magisteria.
Stephen Jay Gould.
IV.C.3 Faith and Science.
Pope John Paul II.
PART V: FAITH AND RATIONALITY.
V.A The Nature of Faith.
V.A.1 The Nature of Faith.
V.A.2 Can Faith be Rational?
V.A.3 Propositional Faith.
V.B Pragmatic Justification of Religious Belief.
V.B.1 The Wager.
V.B.2 The Ethics of Belief.
W. K. Clifford.
V.B.3 The Will to Believe.
V.C Rationality and Justified Religious Belief.
V.C.1 Rational Theistic Belief Without Proof.
V.C.2 The Presumption of Atheism.
V.C.3 Rational Religious Belief Without Arguments.
V.C.4 Intellectual Virtue in Religious Epistemology.
V.C.5 Faith, Hope, and Doubt.
Louis P. Pojman.
PART VI: RELIGIOUS PLURALISM.
VI.1 Religious Pluralism and Ultimate Reality.
VI.2 A Defense of Religious Exclusivism.
VI.3 Hick''s Religious Pluralism and "Reformed Epistemology"--A Middle Ground.
VI.4 Buddhism, Christianity, and the Prospects for World Religion.
PART VII: DEATH AND IMMORTALITY.
VII.1 The Finality of Death.
VII.2 Immortality of the Soul.
VII.3 Personal Identity and Immortality.
VII.4 Death and the Afterlife.
Lynne Rudder Baker.
VII.5 A Hindu Theory of Life, Death, and Reincarnation.
"This is a more comprehensive collection of readings than is usual for this kind of course, with more serious consideration of different arguments for God's existence, and of such areas as pluralism, immortality of the soul, etc."
"This is an excellent text, probably for more comprehensive than could be covered in one semester. Fortunately, Cengage will prepare custom versions of excepts from the text."