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Exploring the Philosophy of Religion

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Exploring the Philosophy of Religion combines the best features of a text and a reader. Organized around seven topics, each of the 28 readings is long enough to allow students to encounter first-hand the works of a major thinker.The introductions to the readings are clear and concise and help prepare students for meaningful class discussion.The topics begin with religious experience then transition to the relation of religion to life, to human destiny, and then on to arguments for God’s existence and the problem of evil. The last two sections analyze the relationship between faith and reason and the nature of religious language.

Synopsis:

Professor David Stewart called upon his 30 years of teaching experience to introduce readers to the important study of faith and reason. Beginning students often find primary sources alone too difficult so this text offers primary source materials by a variety of significant philosophers–including a balanced blend of classical and contemporary authors–but the materials are supported by clearly written introductions, which better prepare readers to understand the subject matter.

Synopsis:

Exploring the Philosophy of Religion combines the best features of a text and a reader. Organized around seven topics, each of the 28 readings is long enough to allow students to encounter first-hand the works of a major thinker.The introductions to the readings are clear and concise and help prepare students for meaningful class discussion.The topics begin with religious experience then transition to the relation of religion to life, to human destiny, and then on to arguments for God’s existence and the problem of evil. The last two sections analyze the relationship between faith and reason and the nature of religious language.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

Chapter One

The Varieties of Religious Experience

 

Introduction: Philosophy and Religion

Mystical Experience

            Mysticism, William James

Intuitive Ways of Knowing

            Personal Experience of God, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Critique of Mysticism

            The Core of Religion, Walter Kaufmann

Varieties of Religious Understanding

            The Pluralistic Hypothesis, John Hick

Retrospective: Religious Experience

Additional Sources

 

Chapter Two

Religion and Life

 

Introduction: Religion and Life

Life’s Goal Is to Obey God’s Will

            Moral Obligation, William Paley

Life’s Goal Is to Achieve Greatness

            The Joyful Wisdom, Friederich Nietzsche

Life Is Not Meaningful Without God

            A Confession, Leo Tolstoy

Life Is Meaningful Without God

            Ethics Without Religion, Kai Nielsen

Retrospective: Religion and Life

Additional Sources

 

Chapter Three

Religion and Human Destiny

 

Introduction: Religion and Death

The Immortality of the Soul

            Phaedo, Plato

The Finality of Death

            Letter to Menoeceus, Epicurus

The Hope for Resurrection

            The Death of Death, NeilGillmann

Death in Buddhism

            The Doctrine of No-Soul: Annata, Walpola Rahula

Retrospective: Religion and Death

Additional Sources

 

Chapter Four

Arguments for God’s Existence

 

Introduction: The Existence of God

The Ontological Argument

            The Most Perfect Being, René Descartes

The Cosmological Argument

            The Kalam Cosmological Argument, William Lane Craig

The Design Argument

            Natural Theology, William Paley

The Moral Argument

            God and Moral Reasoning, Immanuel Kant

Retrospective: The Existence of God

Additional Sources

 

Chapter Five

The Problem of Evil

 

Introduction: God and Evil

Evil and the Power of God

            Divine Omnipotence, C. S. Lewis

Theodicy in Process Thought

God in Process, David Ray Griffin

Karma and Evil

            Karma in Hindu Thought, Wendy Doniger

The “Vale of Soul-Making Theodicy”

            Evil and the God of Love, John Hick

Retrospective: God and Evil

Additional Sources

 

Chapter Six

Faith and Reason

 

Introduction: Opinion, Belief, Knowledge

Belief and Falsification

            The Falsification Debate, Antony Flew, R. M. Hare, Basil Mitchell

Will and Belief

            The Will to Believe, William James

No Rational Basis for Faith

            Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, David Hume

The Leap of Faith

            Objective and Subjective Reflection, Søren Kierkegaard

Retrospective: Faith and Reason

Additional Sources

 

Chapter Seven

Religion and Current Issues

 

Religion and Government

            A Letter Concerning Toleration, John Locke

Religion and Women

            The Female Nature of God, Rosemary Ruether

Religion and World Origins

            Creative Evolution, Henri Bergson

Religion and Human Origins

            Life’s Dominions, Ronald Dworkin

Retrospective

Additional Sources

 

Biographical Summaries

 

Glossary

 

Index 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780131947238
Author:
Stewart, David
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Religion -- Philosophy.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
6
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090701
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.02x6.68x.69 in. .99 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Professor David Stewart called upon his 30 years of teaching experience to introduce readers to the important study of faith and reason. Beginning students often find primary sources alone too difficult so this text offers primary source materials by a variety of significant philosophers–including a balanced blend of classical and contemporary authors–but the materials are supported by clearly written introductions, which better prepare readers to understand the subject matter.
"Synopsis" by , Exploring the Philosophy of Religion combines the best features of a text and a reader. Organized around seven topics, each of the 28 readings is long enough to allow students to encounter first-hand the works of a major thinker.The introductions to the readings are clear and concise and help prepare students for meaningful class discussion.The topics begin with religious experience then transition to the relation of religion to life, to human destiny, and then on to arguments for God’s existence and the problem of evil. The last two sections analyze the relationship between faith and reason and the nature of religious language.
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