Exploring Philosophy of Religion: An Introductory Anthology

Paperback | December 29, 2015

bySteven M. Cahn

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A remarkably accessible, concise, and engaging introduction to the philosophy of religion, this text brings together a rich and balanced collection of sixty-six classic and contemporary readings. Edited for clarity and focus, the second edition continues to present key readings in thediscipline, while placing an emphasis on articles authored by women.

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A remarkably accessible, concise, and engaging introduction to the philosophy of religion, this text brings together a rich and balanced collection of sixty-six classic and contemporary readings. Edited for clarity and focus, the second edition continues to present key readings in thediscipline, while placing an emphasis on articles au...

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at The City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of more than fifty books. Recently, he wrote From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor (2008) and coauthored Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well (2015). Dr. Cahn is ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:346 pages, 9.02 × 7.4 × 0.91 inPublished:December 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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*=New to this EditionBeverly Clack and Brian R. Clack: * What Is Religion?Steven M. Cahn, Patricia Kitcher, and George Sher: * What is Reason?PART I: THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTESA. GoodnessJames Rachels: God and GoodnessRobert M. Adams: * A Modified Divine Command TheoryB. OmnipotenceGeorge Mavrodes: Some Puzzles Concerning OmnipotenceHarry G. Frankfurt: * The Logic of OmnipotenceC. TimelessnessBoethius: * The Consolation of PhilosophyNicholas Wolterstorff: * God EverlastingD. OmniscienceNelson Pike: * Divine Omniscience and Voluntary ActionWilliam L. Rowe: * Power Over the PastE. Forgiveness and LoveAnne Minas: God and ForgivenessSallie McFague: * God as LoverPART II: PROOFS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GODA. The Ontological ArgumentSt. Anselm and Gaunilo: The Ontological ArgumentImmanuel Kant: The Ontological Argument: A CritiqueWilliam L. Rowe: * The Ontological Argument: A ReassessmentB. The Cosmological ArgumentSt. Thomas Aquinas: The Five WaysRichard Taylor: * The Cosmological ArgumentJ. L. Mackie: * The Cosmological Argument: A CritiqueWilliam L. Rowe: * The Kalam Cosmological ArgumentC. The Teleological ArgumentWilliam Paley: The Evidence of DesignDavid Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (II, V-VII)Robert Hambourger: * The Argument from DesignNicholas Everitt: * Darwin and DesignD. About the ArgumentsLinda Trinkhaus Zagzebski: * What Question does a Theistic Argument Answer?Steven M. Cahn: * Theistic Arguments and Religious CommitmentPART III: AVENUES TO THE DIVINEA. Religious ExperienceWilliam James: The Varieties of Religious ExperienceSusan Haack: * Fallibilism and FaithWilliam Alston: Perceiving GodWilliam L. Rowe: Perceiving God: A CritiqueB. MiraclesDavid Hume: Of MiraclesPaul J. Dietl: On MiraclesChristine Overall: * Miracles as Evidence Against the Existence of GodMonroe C. Beardsley and Elizabeth Lane Beardsley: * Do Miracles Occur?C. Ritual, Prayer, and WorshipPlato: * EuthyphroEleonore Stump: * Petitionary PrayerJames Rachels: The Concept of WorshipD. Speaking of GodJanet Martin Soskice: Experience and MetaphorPaul Edwards: Metaphors Without MeaningSallie McFague: * Speaking in ParablesMary Daly: * Beyond God the FatherJudith Plaskow: * Reimagining the UnimaginablePART IV: BELIEF WITHOUT PROOFBlaise Pascal: The WagerSimon Blackburn: Pascal's Wager: A CritiqueLinda Trinkaus Zagzebski: * Pascal's Wager: An AssessmentW. K. Clifford: The Ethics of BeliefWilliam James: The Will to BelieveNicholas Everitt: The Will to Believe: A CritiqueAlvin Plantinga: Belief Without ArgumentMichael Martin: Belief Without Argument: A CritiquePART V: THE PROBLEM OF EVILDavid Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (X-XI)Nelson Pike: * Hume on EvilWilliam L. Rowe: * The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of AtheismRichard Swinburne: Why God Allows EvilEleonore Stump: * Knowledge, Freedom, and the Problem of EvilMarilyn McCord Adams: * Christianity and Horrendous EvilsGrace M. Jantzen: * Who is Committing Evil, and Against Whom?Robert McKim: The Hiddenness of GodPART VI: THE AFTERLIFEColleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang: * Two Christian Concepts of HeavenMarilyn McCord Adams: * The Problem of HellJohn H. Hick: ResurrectionLinda Badham: * A Naturalistic Case for ExtinctionGrace M. Jantzen: Do We Need Immortality?PART VII: RELIGIOUS PLURALISMJohn H. Hick: Religious Pluralism and SalvationAlvin Plantinga: A Defense of Religious ExclusivismLinda Trinkaus Zagzebski: * The Problem of Religious DiversitySteven M. Cahn: Religion Without God

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"One of this book's strengths is its pluralism; it doesn't restrict itself to just one approach, and makes a good effort to include writers from a variety of traditions." --Richard Cross, University of Notre Dame