- Exploring the Philosophy of Religion, 6/E
- ISBN-10: 0131947230 • ISBN-13: 9780131947238
- ©2007 • Pearson • Paper, 384 pp
- Published 03/01/2006
For one-quarter/semester Philosophy of Religion courses.
Exploring the Philosophy of Religion combines the best features of a text and a reader by offering clear analysis coupled with important primary-source readings.
Professor David Stewart called upon his 32 years of teaching experience to introduce students 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 students to understand the readings.
Do you require a wide-ranging philosophy or religion reader with expository material?
Do you need a reader that includes process theology coverage?
Are you looking for contemporary material for your philosophy of religion course?
Thoroughly revised content. The new Sixth Edition includes more classical sources, additional critical points of view, and more selections from non-Western religions. Additionally, several selections included in the previous edition were removed at the suggestion of reviewers, including passages from Ricoeur, Buber, Tillich, and Richard Taylor.
Fresh material added to six of the seven chapters–
The Varieties of Religious Experience
Introduction: Philosophy and Religion
Mysticism, William James
The Experience of the Holy
The Idea of the Holy, Rudolf Otto
Critique of Mysticism
The Core of Religion, Walter Kaufmann
Varieties of Religious Understanding
The Pluralistic Hypothesis, John Hick
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
Religion and Human Destiny
Introduction: Religion and Death
The Immortality of the Soul
The Finality of Death
Letter to Menoeceus, Epicurus
The Hope for Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15, St. Paul
Death in Buddhism
The Doctrine of No-Soul: Annata, Walpola Rahula
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 as a Postulate of Practical Reason, Immanuel Kant
The Problem of Evil
Introduction: God and Evil
Philosophy and Evil
The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius
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
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
Introduction: Religion and Language
The Verification of Religious Language
A Discussion on Religious Language, A. J. Ayer and F. C. Copleston
The Non-Literal Use of Language
On Analogy, St. Thomas Aquinas
Models for Theological Discourse
Talking of God: Models, Ancient and Modern, Ian Ramsey
Religious Language and Gender
The Female Nature of God, Rosemary Ruether
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