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Exploring the Philosophy of Religion

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ISBN-10: 0131947230

ISBN-13: 9780131947238

Edition: 6th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: David Stewart

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This introduction to the philosophy of religion helps readers understand the primary sources that are essential for genuine philosophical understanding. Its careful selection of important classical and contemporary readings, along with a clear, understandable analysis and discussion of the topics, helps build a basic vocabulary of philosophical and religious termswhile becoming fluent in the main philosophical issues in religion. Chapter topics include the varieties of religious experience, religion and life, religion and human destiny, arguments for Gods existence, the problem of evil, and religious language. This book presents an appealing mixture of classical and contemporary authorsfrom Descartes, Paley and Kierkegaard to Otto, James, and Buberto such current writers as Wendy Doniger, Mary Daly, and David Ray Griffin. For philosophersor anyone who likes to philosophizeabout important religious questions and their relation to life.
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Book details

List price: $78.20
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface
The Varieties of Religious Experience
Introduction: Philosophy and Religion
Mystical Experience
Mysticism
The Experience of the Holy
The Idea of the Holy
Critique of Mysticism
The Core of Religion
Varieties of Religious Understanding
The Pluralistic Hypothesis
Retrospective: Religious Experience
Additional Sources
Religion and Life
Introduction: Religion and Life
Life's Goal Is to Obey God's Will
Moral Obligation
Life's Goal Is to Achieve Greatness
The Joyful Wisdom
Life Is Not Meaningful Without God
A Confession
Life Is Meaningful Without God
Ethics Without Religion
Retrospective: Religion and Life
Additional Sources
Religion and Human Destiny
Introduction: Religion and Death
The Immortality of the Soul
Phaedo
The Finality of Death
Letter to Menoeceus
The Hope for Resurrection
The Resurrection of the Body
Death in Buddhism
The Doctrine of No-Soul: Anata
Retrospective: Religion and Death
Additional Sources
Arguments for God's Existence
Introduction: The Existence of God
The Ontological Argument
The Most Perfect Being
The Cosmological Arguments
The Kalam Cosmological Argument
The Design Argument
Natural Theology
The Moral Argument
God as a Postulate of Practical Reason
Retrospective: The Existence of God
Additional Sources
The Problem of Evil
Introduction: God and Evil
Philosophy and Evil
The Consolation of Philosophy
Theodicy in Process Thought
God in Process
Karma and Evil
Karma in Hindu Thought
The "Vale of Soul-Making Theodicy"
Evil and the God of Love
Retrospective: God and Evil
Additional Sources
Faith and Reason
Introduction: Opinion, Belief, and Knowledge
Belief and Falsification
The Falsification Debate
Will and Belief
The Will to Believe
No Rational Basis for Faith
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
The Leap of Faith
Objective and Subjective Reflection
Retrospective: Faith and Reason
Additional Sources
Religious Language
Introduction: Religion and Language
The Verification of Religious Language
A Discussion on Religious Language
The Nonliteral Use of Language
On Analogy
Models for Theological Discourse
Talking of God: Models, Ancient and Modern
Religious Language and Gender
The Female Nature of God
Retrospective: Religious Language
Additional Sources
Biographical Summaries
Glossary
Index