Higher Education

Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction, 4th Edition

  • William L. Rowe Purdue University
  • ISBN-10: 0495007250  |  ISBN-13: 9780495007258
  • 224 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2001, 1993, 1978
  • © 2007 | Published
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Rowe's respected text-a classic, concise introduction to the central issues in the philosophy of religion-helps acquaint your students with the current state of the debate in philosophy of religion and familiarizes them with the issues that will concern philosophers of religion in the future. PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION, Fourth Edition features a classic treatment of the traditional proofs for the existence of God. While theistic religions emphasize the importance of faith, they have long held that basic religious truths can also be justified in the court of reason. Rowe helps students discover the important role of reason in evaluating the essential claims of faith. Additionally, the book discusses the standard arguments in philosophy of religion in sufficient detail, to help students understand their power and complexity.

Features and Benefits

  • Study questions at the end of each chapter direct the student to the central points and arguments stressed in the chapter and direct the student to think beyond the central point.
  • Clarity, readability, and balance of treatment are emphasized throughout.
  • The text covers the core issues in the philosophy of religion in their breadth and depth without bogging students down in technical details.
  • Each chapter is long enough for the author to develop the arguments fully, and for students to apprehend and appreciate the chain of reasoning.

Table of Contents

1. The Idea of God.
2. The Cosmological Argument.
3. The Ontological Argument.
4. The Design Argument (Old and New).
5. Religious and Mystical Experience.
6. Faith and Reason.
7. The Problem of Evil.
8. Miracles and the Modern World View.
9. Life After Death.
10. Predestination, Divine Foreknowledge, and Human Freedom.
11. Many Religions.
For Further Reading.

What's New

  • The chapter on the argument from design now includes a discussion and criticism of 'irreducible complexity' as advanced by Behe.
  • New treatment regarding the "Kalam" cosmological argument as popularized by William Lane Craig has been included.
  • In the chapter on evil the statement of the evidential problem of evil has been refined and a discussion of the important objection generally known as 'skeptical theism' has been included.
  • This edition includes a new glossary of key terms provides handy reference for students.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William L. Rowe

William L. Rowe, who garnered a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan, is a professor of philosophy at Purdue University where he specializes in the philosophy of religion and metaphysics.