Belief in God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Paperback | January 27, 2006

byT. J. Mawson

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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? In the context of a sustained argument for particular answers to these questions, Tim Mawson tackles many of the most prominent topics in the philosophy of religion. He argues that those who believe that there is a God are best interpreted as believing that there is a being who is essentiallypersonal, transcendent, immanent, omnipotent, omniscient, eternal, perfectly free, perfectly good, and necessary; and non-essentially creator of the world and value; revealer of Himself; and offerer of everlasting life. Having explored the meaning and consistency of this conception of God in thefirst half of the book, Mawson goes on to consider whether or not belief or the absence of belief in such a God might be the sort of thing that does not rationally require argument and, if not, what the criteria for a good argument for or against such a God's existence might be. Having establishedsome criteria, he uses them to evaluate specific arguments for and against the existence of such a God. He looks at the Argument to Design; the Cosmological Argument; the Ontological Argument; the Argument from Religious Experience; the Argument from Apparent Miracles; the Problem of Evil; andPascal's Wager. Finally, he explores the relation between faith and reason.In the course of his argument, Mawson makes striking new claims and defends or attacks established positions in new ways. His conversational style, lively wit, and enlightening examples make Belief in God as pleasurable as it is instructive and thought-provoking. It makes an ideal text for beginningundergraduate courses and for anyone thinking about these most important of questions.

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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? In the context of a sustained argument for particular answers to these questions, Tim...

T. J. Mawson is at St Peter's College, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.62 inPublished:January 27, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Concept of God1. Personhood, Transcendence, Immanence2. Omnipotence, Omniscience, Eternality3. Perfect Freedom, Perfect Goodness, Necessity4. Creator of the World, Creator of Value5. Revealer, Offerer of Everlasting LifeThe Existence of God6. Arguing For and Against the Existence of God7. The Ontological Argument8. The Argument to Design9. The Cosmological Argument10. The Argument from Religious Experience11. The Argument from Reports of Apparent Miracles12. The Problem of EvilFaithConclusion