Philosophy of religion: an introduction

Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning (2001)
  Copy   BIBTEX


The book falls into four segments. In the first (Chapter 1), the particular conception of deity that has been predominant in western civilization—the theistic idea of God—is explicated and distinguished from several other notions of the divine. The second segment considers the major reasons that have been advanced in support of the belief that the theistic God exists. In chapters 2 through 4 the three major arguments for the existence of God are discussed, arguments which appeal to facts supposedly available to any rational person, whether religious or not. Chapter 5 considers religious and mystical experience as a source and justification for theistic belief. And in Chapter 6 we examine the role that faith may play in the formation and justification of religious belief. We also consider the important issue of whether belief in God may be entirely rational quite apart from any evidence in its behalf. The third segment undertakes an examination of the problem of evil, which some have thought to provide rational grounds for atheism, the belief that the theistic God does not exist. A number of topics quite central to theistic religion are considered in the fourth segment of the book, chapters 8 through 11. These topics include miracles, the question of life after death, problems in relating the idea of divine foreknowledge to the belief in human freedom, and problems arising from the existence of diverse religions.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 84,292

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The philosophy of religion: a critical introduction.Beverley Clack - 1998 - Malden, MA: Polity Press. Edited by Brian R. Clack.
Phenomenology of religion.Joseph Dabney Bettis - 1969 - New York,: Harper & Row.
Religion and Hume's legacy.D. Z. Phillips & Timothy Tessin (eds.) - 1999 - New York: St. Martin's Press, Scholarly and Reference Division.
The living God: basal forms of personal religion.Nathan Söderblom - 1933 - New York: AMS Press. Edited by Yngve Brilioth.
Lectures on the philosophy of religion.Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - 1984 - New York: Oxford University Press. Edited by Peter Crafts Hodgson.


Added to PP

87 (#159,645)

6 months
16 (#90,668)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Epistemic humility, arguments from evil, and moral skepticism.Daniel Howard-Snyder - 2009 - Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion 2:17-57.
Evil and the many universes response.Jason Megill - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 70 (2):127-138.
Philosophy of religion.Charles Taliaferro - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Rethinking Plato: A Cartesian Quest for the Real Plato.Necip Fikri Alican - 2012 - Amsterdam and New York: Brill | Rodopi.
On What God Would Do.Rob Lovering - 2009 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 66 (2):87-104.

View all 24 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references