The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Paperback | June 27, 2007

EditorWilliam Wainwright

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The philosophy of religion as a distinct discipline is an innovation of the last two hundred years, but its central topics--the existence and nature of the divine, humankind's relation to it, the nature of religion and its place in human life--have been with us since the inception ofphilosophy. Philosophers have long critically examined the truth of (and rational justification for) religious claims, and have explored such philosophically interesting phenomena as faith, religious experience and the distinctive features of religious discourse. The second half of thetwentieth-century has been an especially fruitful period, with philosophers using new developments in logic and epistemology to mount both sophisticated defenses of, and attacks on, religious claims. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion contains newly commissioned chapters by 21 prominent experts who cover the field in a comprehensive but accessible manner. Each chapter is expository, critical, and representative of a distinctive viewpoint. The Handbook is divided into two sections.The first, "Problems," covers the most frequently discussed topics, among them arguments for God's existence, the problem of evil, and religious epistemology. The second is called "Approaches" and contains four essays assessing the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of practicingphilosophy of religion. The Handbook offers contributors of high stature who present substantive and in-depth treatment of the most central topics. It is a must-have reference for anyone with an interest in philosophy and religion.

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The philosophy of religion as a distinct discipline is an innovation of the last two hundred years, but its central topics--the existence and nature of the divine, humankind's relation to it, the nature of religion and its place in human life--have been with us since the inception ofphilosophy. Philosophers have long critically examine...

William J. Wainwright is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 6.18 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:June 27, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsIntroductionWilliam J. Wainwright: Part I Problems1. William L. Rowe: Divine Power, Goodness, and Knowledge2. William E. Mann: Divine Sovereignty and Aseity3. Paul J. Griffiths: Nontheistic Conceptions of the Divine4. Brian Leftow: The Ontological Argument5. Alexander R. Pruss and Richard M. Gale: Cosmological and Design Arguments6. Jerome I. Gellman: Mysticism and Religious Experience7. Je?rey Jordan: Pascal's Wagers and James's Will to Believe8. Peter van Inwagen: The Problem of Evil9. William P. Alston: Religious Language10. Nicholas Wolterstor?: Religious Epistemology11. Paul Draper: God, Science, and Naturalism12. George I. Mavrodes: Miracles13. C. Stephen Evans: Faith and Revelation14. Linda Zagzebski: Morality and Religion15. Lynne Rudder Baker: Death and the Afterlife16. Philip L. Quinn: Religious Diversity: Familiar Problems, Novel OpportunitiesPart II Approaches17. William Hasker: Analytic Philosophy of Religion18. D. Z. Phillips: Wittgensteinianism: Logic, Reality, and God19. Merold Westphal: Continental Philosophy of Religion20. Sarah Coakley: Feminism and Analytic Philosophy of ReligionIndex

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"An excellent reference source that makes a significant contribution to the discipline...Written by major scholars in the field, the chapters include not only descriptive information but also critical and interpretive insights...Highly recommended."--CHOICE