Introduction To Philosophy Of Religion

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byJames Kellenberger

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Using various and competing religious sensibilities, Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion helps students work through the traditional material and their own religious questions.

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Using various and competing religious sensibilities, Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion helps students work through the traditional material and their own religious questions.

James Kellenberger is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at California State University Northridge, USA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:September 1, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface

 

Introduction: Philosophy and Religion

 

Chapter 1 Religions of the World

Hinduism

Buddhism

Judaism

Christianity

Islam

Other Religious Forms

 

Chapter 2 Proving God’s Existence

The Main Argument for God’s Existence

The Ontological Argument

Criticisms of the Ontological Argument

The Cosmological Argument

Criticisms of the Cosmological Argument

The Teleological Argument

Criticisms of the Teleological Argument

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 2

 

Chapter 3 Religious Faith and Proving God’s Existence

Two Questions about Proving God’s Existence

The Relevance for Faith of the Arguments for God’s Existence

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 3

 

Chapter 4 Is Religious Belief Reasonable?

Faith and Reason

Blaise Pascal and the Reasonableness of Faith

Criticisms of Pascal’s Account

William James and the Right to Believe

Criticisms of James’s Account

Contemporary Concerns about “Evidentialism”

Alvin Plantinga and the Rationality of Religious Belief

Criticisms of Plantinga’s Account

William Alston and the Reliability of Religious Belief Formation

Criticisms of Alston’s Account

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 4

 

Chapter 5 Religious Discovery: Is the Discovery of God Possible?

Religious Experience and Discovery

Kinds of Discoveries

The Religious Sensibility of the Psalms

Why Doesn’t Everyone Realize God’s Presence?

Is a Realization-Discovery of God’s Presence Possible?

Criticisms of This Account

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 5

 

Chapter 6 The Religious Problem of Evil

Problems of Evil

The Personal Nature of the Religious Problem of Evil

The Religious Problem of Evil and Faith in God

Evil and God’s Goodness and Power

Moral Evil and Natural Evil

Some Religious Answers

The Free Will Theodicy

Criticisms of The Free Will Theodicy

The Best of All Possible Worlds Theodicy

Criticisms of the Best of All Possible Worlds Theodicy

The Irenaean Theodicy

Criticisms of The Irenaean Theodicy

When the Religious Problem of Evil Is Not a Problem

Back to the Practical Problem of Evil

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 6

 

Chapter 7 Miracles

Miracles in Religious Traditions

Intervention Miracles

Contingency Miracles

Natural Miracles

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 7

Chapter 8 Religion and Morality

Two Preliminary Questions

How Close Is Religious Morality to Secular or Nonreligious Morality?

Is Religious Morality the Same from Religion to Religion?

The Question of the Relationship between Religion and Morality: Three Views

Morality Independent of Religion

Critical Examination of the First View

Divine Command Morality

Critical Examination of Divine Command Morality

Divine Action as the Foundation of Morality

The Natural Law Form of the Third View

Critical Examination of the Third View in its Natural Law Form

The Relationships Form of the Third View

Critical Examination of the Third View in its Relationships Form

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 8

 

Chapter 9 Religious Language, Metaphor, and Gender

Issues of Religious Language

Does Religious Language Have Factual Meaning?

Metaphor

The Gender Issue

How Should God Be Conceived?

How Should God Be Imaged?

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 9

 

Chapter 10 Religious Realism and the Meaning of God

The Issue of Religious Realism and Questions about the Meaning of God

The Perspective of Non-realism

The Perspective of Realism

Critical Examination of Realism and Non-realism

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 10

 

Chapter 11 Religious Plurality: The Mutual-Opposition View, Exclusivism, Inclusivism, and Pluralism

The Undeniable Phenomenon of Religious Plurality

The Mutual-Opposition View

Exclusivism

Critical Examination of Exclusivism

Inclusivism

Critical Examination of Inclusivism

Pluralism

Critical Examination of Pluralism

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 11

 

Chapter 12 Other Ways of Understanding Religious Plurality

The Different Aspects Approach

Critical Examination of the Different Aspects Approach

The Common Core Approach

Critical Examination of the Common Core Approach

The Indeterminacy Approach

Critical Examination of the Indeterminacy Approach

The Relationships Approach

Critical Examination of the Relationships Approach

Summing Up and Going Further

Questions for Chapter 12

 

Glossary

 

Index