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Exploring Philosophy of Religion: An Introductory Anthology


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In this remarkably accessible, concise, and engaging introduction to the philosophy of religion, Steven M. Cahn brings together a rich and balanced collection of fifty-two classic and contemporary readings. Most importantly, he has carefully edited the articles to ensure that they will be understandable to undergraduate students. Organized topically, the volume covers seven major areas: the concept of God, the existence of God, religious language, miracles and mysticism, belief in God, resurrection and immortality, and religious pluralism.

Ideal for basic courses in the philosophy of religion, Exploring Philosophy of Religion: An Introductory Anthology features selections from Augustine, Anselm, Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, William James, John H. Hick, Alvin Plantinga, William Alston, Richard Swinburne, and many others. Each reading is preceded by a detailed introduction and enhanced by explanatory notes. In addition, the text includes as an appendix Cahn's provocative and illuminating overview of the field--"God, Reason, and Religion"--which provides a synthesis and interpretation of the key issues raised in the readings.

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Part 1: The Concept of God

God and Goodness, James Rachels

God's Omnipotence, George Mavrodes

God's Foreknowledge and Free Will, Augustine

God's Omniscience and Contingent Events, Levi Gersonides

Does God Know the Future?, Steven M. Cahn

Does God Change?, William Hacker

God and Forgiveness, Anne C. Minas

God and the Concept of Worship, James Rachels

Part 2: The Existence of God

The Ontological Argument, Anselm and Gaunilo

The Ontological Argument: A Restatement, René Descartes

The Ontological Argument: A Critique, Immanuel Kant

The Ontological Argument: An Assessment, John H. Hick

The Five Ways, Thomas Aquinas

The Cosmological Argument, Richard Taylor

The Cosmological Argument: An Assessment, John H. Hick

The Argument to Design, William Paley

The Argument to Design and the Problem of Evil, David Hume

The Problem of Evil, John H. Hick

A Defense of Atheism, Ernest Nagel

Why God Allows Evil, Richard Swinburne

Suffering and Evil, George Schlesinger

A Reply to Schlesinger, Jeremy Gwiazda

Theism and Modern Science, Nicholas Everitt

Part 3: Religious Language

Negative Attributes, Moses Maimonides

The Use of Analogy, Thomas Aquinas

The Inadequacy of Analogy, F. C. Copleston

Positive Attributes, Levi Gersonides

Experience and Metaphor, Janet Martin Soskice

Metaphors Without Meaning, Paul Edwards

Part 4: Miracles and Mysticism

Of Miracles, David Hume

On Miracles, Paul J. Dietl

Mysticism, William James

Perceiving God, William Alston

Perceiving God: A Critique, William L. Rowe

Part 5: Belief in God

The Wager, Blaise Pascal

Pascal's Wager: A Critique, Simon Blackburn

The Ethics of Belief, W. K. Clifford

The Will to Believe, William James

The Will to Believe: A Critique, Nicholas Everitt

Belief Without Argument, Alvin Plantinga

Belief Without Argument: A Critique, Michael Martin

Faith, Richard Taylor

Faith and Reason, Michael Scriven

Theology and Falsification, Anthony Flew, R. M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell

The Hiddenness of God, Robert McKim

Part 6: Resurrection and Immortality

Resurrection, John H. Hick

Life After Death, Terence Penelhum

Do We Need Immortality?, Grace M. Jantzen

Part 7: Religious Pluralism

The Dimensions of Religion, Ninian Smart

Religious Pluralism and Salvation, John H. Hick

A Defense of Religious Exclusivism, Alvin Plantinga

Religion Versus the Religious, John Dewey


Appendix: God, Reason, and Religion, Steven M. Cahn

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