Ten Essential Texts in the Philosophy of Religion: Classics and Contemporary Issues

Paperback | August 26, 2004

EditorSteven M. Cahn

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Offering a new approach to teaching the philosophy of religion, this anthology is organized around ten of the most widely read texts in the field. Presented in their entirety, these classics serve as a framework for a variety of accessible contemporary essays that are also included. The book'sunique structure gives students the opportunity to study in depth complete historical works while also conveying a sense of how today's philosophers have explored related issues. Editor Steven M. Cahn has annotated each text to clarify all unfamiliar references. He has also provided introductionsthat contain biographical profiles of the authors and philosophical commentaries on their writings. Ten Essential Texts in the Philosophy of Religion: Classics and Contemporary Issues may be supplemented by Questions about God: Today's Philosophers Ponder the Divine, a provocative collection of recent articles on the nature of God, edited by Steven M. Cahn and David Shatz (OUP, 2002). Ten Essential Texts in the Philosophy of Religion includes the following unabridged classic works: Euthyphro, Plato The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius Proslogion, Anselm; On Behalf of the Fool, Gaunilo: and Reply to Gaunilo, Anselm Summa Theologiae, Thomas Aquinas Of Miracles, David Hume Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, David Hume Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Soren Kierkegaard The Will to Believe, William James The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James Theology and Falsification, Antony Flew, R.M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell

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Offering a new approach to teaching the philosophy of religion, this anthology is organized around ten of the most widely read texts in the field. Presented in their entirety, these classics serve as a framework for a variety of accessible contemporary essays that are also included. The book'sunique structure gives students the opportu...

Steven M. Cahn is at Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 1.18 inPublished:August 26, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgments: Introduction: 1. Euthyphro, PlatoJames Rachels: God and Moral Autonomy2. The Consolation of Philosophy, BoethiusNelson Pike: Divine Omniscience and Voluntary ActionNicholas Wolterstorff: God Everlasting3. Proslogion, Anselm; On Behalf of the Fool, Gaunilo; Reply to Gaunilo, AnselmImmanuel Kant: The Impossibility of an Ontological Proof of the Existence of GodWilliam L. Rowe: The Ontological ArgumentGeorge Mavrodes: Some Puzzles Concerning OmnipotenceHarry G. Frankfurt: The Logic of OmnipotenceAnne C. Minas: God and Forgiveness4. Summa Theologiae (I, 1, 2), Thomas AquinasF.C. Copleston: Aquinas' Five ProofsRichard Taylor: The Cosmological Argument: A DefenseWilliam L. Rowe: The Cosmological Argument: A Critique5. Of Miracles, David HumeRichard Swinburne: Miracles6. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, David HumeWilliam Paley: The Teleological ArgumentNelson Pike: Hume on EvilJohn H. Hick: The Problem of EvilSteven M. Cahn: The Problem of GoodnessWilliam L. Rowe: The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism7. Concluding Unscientific Postscript (Selection), Soren KierkegaardRobert Merrihew Adams: Kierkegaard's Arguments Against Objective Reasoning in ReligionRichard Taylor: FaithMichael Scriven: Faith and Reason8. The Will to Believe, William JamesBlaise Pascal: The WagerSimon Blackburn: Pascal's Wager: A CritiqueW.K. Clifford: The Ethics of BeliefMichael Martin: William James and the Will to BelieveAlvin Plantinga: The Reformed Objection to Natural TheologyMichael Martin: Religious Beliefs and Basic Beliefs9. The Varieties of Religious Experience (XVI, XVII), William JamesC.B. Martin: A Religious Way of KnowingWilliam Alston: Religious Experience as Perception of GodJohn H. Hick: Religious Pluralism and Salvation10. Theology and Falsification, Antony Flew, R.M. Hare, and Basil MitchellJohn H. Hick: The Problem of VerificationTerence Penelhum: Life After DeathRobert McKim: The Hiddenness of GodJohn Dewey: Religion Versus the Religious

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"After twenty-five years of teaching the philosophy of religion, I now have a text that covers what needs to be covered and is accessible to non-majors."--Donald Hatcher, Baker University