The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Religion features 14 new essays written by some of the most prominent philosophers working in the field. Contributors include Linda Zagzebski, Hugh J. McCann, Brian Leftow, Gareth B. Matthews, William L. Rowe, Elliott Sober, Derk Pereboom, Alfred J. Freddoso, William P. Alston, William J. Wainwright, Peter van Inwagen, Philip Kitcher, William E. Mann, and Philip L. Quinn. The volume explores questions regarding the nature of God, the existence of God, religious belief, and the impact of religion on our secular lives. Written in clear and accessible prose, these essays provide a comprehensive treatment of the major problems in philosophy of religion and pose new insights, furthering the discussion of these topics. This book is an indispensable resource for students and teachers alike.
"This is an excellent collection. It contains sophisticated but accessible essays by top-flight philosophers on the central topics of philosophy of religion. Highly recommended!"
John Martin Fischer, University of California, Riverside
"This is a superb, comprehensive, indispensable guide by outstanding philosophers of religion today. Each of the contributions is accessible, lucid, and rigorous. This collection puts the reader in touch with cutting-edge work in the field."
Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College
"If you thought a guide was someone who leads you down safe and well-trodden paths, then this guide will make you change your view. These are state-of-the-art discussions of the central issues in the tremendously lively field of contemporary philosophy of religion. Not only do they lucidly capture where the discussions are at, they carry them forward in imaginative and significant ways."
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University
"The Guide contains 14 new essays by established philosophers...all are topics of critical interest wherever the philosophy of religion is taught and studied, while the essays will also be of interest to professionals (philosophers, theologians, lecturers) as exemplars of the application of philosophical method"
Stuart Hannabuss, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
"The Guide is an attractive and topical work that will sharpen up the reasoning skills of anyone reading it, particularly any theologian grown complacent on passive belief."
Philosophy and Religion
Notes on Contributors.
Part I: The Concept of God.
1. Omniscience, Time, and Freedom (Linda Zagzebski).
2. Divine Power and Action (Hugh McCan).
3. Eternity and Immutability (Brian Leftow).
Part II: The Existence of God.
4. The Ontological Argument (Gareth B. Matthews).
5. Cosmological Arguments (William L. Rowe).
6. The Design Argument (Elliott Sober).
7. The Problem of Evil (Derk Pereboom).
Part III: Religious Belief.
8. Christian Faith as a Way of Life (Alfred J. Freddoso).
9. Mysticism and Perceptual Awareness of God (William P. Alston).
10. Competing Religious Claims (William J. Wainwright).
Part IV: Religion and Life.
11. Human Destiny (Peter van Inwagen).
12. The Many-Sided Conflict Between Religion and Science (Philip Kitcher).
13. Theism and the Foundations of Ethics (William E. Mann).
14. Religion and Politics (Philip L. Quinn).