In 85 new and updated essays, this comprehensive volume provides anauthoritative guide to the philosophy of religion. Includes contributions from established philosophers and risingstars 22 new entries have now been added, and all material from theprevious edition has been updated and reorganized Broad coverage spans the areas of world religions, theism,atheism, , the problem of evil, science and religion, andethics
A much-needed introductory level book on this widely studied subject. Isaac Asimov said that "whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse." Such quandaries are the bread and butter of philosophy of religion. Questioning why evil exists, whether God could create a stone he couldn’t lift, and if the wonder of life suggests a Creator, this fascinating branch of philosophy is concerned with arguments for and against religion, and what form an immortal god (or gods) would take if in existence. Assuming no prior knowledge of philosophy from the reader, Taliaferro provides a clear exploration of the discipline, introducing a wide range of philosophers and covering the topics of morality and religion, evil, the afterlife, prayer, and miracles. Also containing sections dedicated to Hinduism, Buddhism and the Eastern religions, this helpful primer is perfect for students or the general reader
From Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western Speculation was written by one of the experts on Greek philosophers and religion, F.W. Cornford. In this classic work, Cornford traces the Western roots of religion and science, pondering common philosophical questions along the way, such as the existence of God, Greek mythology, the soul and immortality, nature and the metaphysical. Many would consider this work one of the most important on philosophy ever written, and just as viable today as when it was published in 1912. Francis Macdonald Cornford was an English philosophy student and teacher at Trinity College in Cambridge, where he was a Fellow and received awards for his excellence in teaching. He was especially interested in Greek religion and philosophy; two of his four works focus on the subject.
This important new volume is a combined anthology and guide intended for use as a textbook in courses on the philosophy of religion. It aims to bring to the student the very best current work on important topics in the field. The anthology is comprised of six sections, each of which opens with a substantive introductory essay followed by a selection of influential writings by prominent philosophers of religion: · Religious Epistemology deals with the rationality of theism and theistic beliefs. · Existence of God presents the cosmological, teleological, axiological, noölogical, and ontological arguments for the existence of God. · Coherence of Theism covers the divine attributes of necess...
The philosophical significance of Jainism extends far beyond its statistical presence in India and the world, for it lies in the unique quality of its thought. This book is an attempt to take its insights into account for the light they shed on issues customarily debated in the Philosophy of Religion as it has evolved in the West.
Philosophy of religion as a discipline first arose in Europe; its subject matter has been profoundly influenced by the practices of European Christianity. While Eastern and Western religions subsequently found a place in these studies, one global religious tradition, namely, the primal tradition, remains unrepresented in its discussions. This book examines the significantly different perspectives offered by primal religions on virtually every theme discussed in the philosophy of religion.
Authoritative and accessible, this book is a concise and comprehensive introduction to the philosophy of religion. It shows how philosophers have used the tools of philosophy to examine the validity of religious ideas and values. Distinguished North American, British, and Australian authors explain how philosophers of the past and present have approached key concepts of religious faith: Does God exist? Can God's existence be proved? If so, what might God be like? Is there life after death? Is faith in an unseen God rationally tenable at all in a post-Enlightenment, postmodern, scientific age in which different faith traditions coexist and make claims to the ownership of eternal truths? This book is an essential reader and reference for scholars, teachers, and students of religion and for anyone who seeks to answer key questions challenging the life of faith today.
Written with verve and clarity by a leading philosopher and contributor, this text is an accessible overview of a vibrant field, which invites readers to think through the issues in the philosophy of religion themselves.