Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byR. Douglas Geivett, Brendan Sweetman

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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 majorapproach 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 eachcase 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 toassess 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 famousWager--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.

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The question of whether or not it is rational to believe in the existence of God is one of the most important of all human concerns. The answer to this question, whether positive or negative, will have profound importance for how we understand our world, and for how how we live and act.

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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 majorapproach to religious epistemology, the book b...

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The question of whether or not it is rational to believe in the existence of God is one of the most important of all human concerns. The answer to this question, whether positive or negative, will have profound importance for how we understand our world, and for how how we live and act.

R. Douglas Geivett is at Biola University. Brendan Sweetman is at Rockhurst College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.06 × 9.17 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction I. ATHEISMExpositional1. Anthony Flew: The Presumption of Atheism2. William L. Rowe: The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism3. Michael Martin: Atheistic Teleological ArgumentsCritical4. Scott A. Shalkowski: Atheological ApologeticsII. WITTGENSTEINIAN FIDEISM Expositional5. D.Z. Phillips: Faith, Skepticism, and Religious Understanding6. Norman Malcolm: The Groundlessness of Belief7. Paul L. Holmer: Theology, Atheism, and TheismCritical8. Kai Nielson: Does Religious Skepticism Rest on a Mistake?III. REFORMED EPISTEMOLOGYExpositional9. Alvin Plantinga: Is Belief in God Properly Basic?10. Nicholas Wolterstorff: Is Reason Enough?11. Robert Pargetter: Experience, Proper Basicality, and Belief in GodCritical12. Stewart C. Goetz: Belief in God Is Not Properly BasicIV. NATURAL THEOLOGYExpositional13. William Lane Craig: Philosophical and Scientific Pointers to Creatio ex Nihilo14. Richard Swinburne: The Argument from Design15. Dallas Willard: The Three-Stage Argument for the Existence of God16. Robert M. Adams: Flavors, Colors, and GodCritical17. Steven M. Cahn: The Irrelevance to Religion of Philosophic Proofs for the Existence of God V. PRUDENTIAL ACCOUNTS OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFExpositional18. Thomas V. Morris: Pascalian Wagering19. William G. Lycan and George N. Schlesinger: You Bet Your Life: Pascal's Wager DefendedCritical20. James Cargile: Pascal's WagerVI. RATIONAL BELIEF AND RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCEExpositional21. William P. Alston: Religious Experience and Religious Belief22. John Hick: The Rationality of Religious Belief23. James Kellenberger: Three Models of FaithCritical24. Wayne Proudfoot: Explaining Religious Experience

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The question of whether or not it is rational to believe in the existence of God is one of the most important of all human concerns. The answer to this question, whether positive or negative, will have profound importance for how we understand our world, and for how how we live and act.

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"A good and provocative collection of recent thought concerning religious belief and related issues."--Kelly Nicholson, Westminster College