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Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion 1st Edition

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"Peterson and VanArragon's volume is neither contentious nor coercive; it is a model for philosophical progress. It will certainly be a valuable resource for both students and professional philosophers in the future." David Efird, Philosophical Books

"This lively volume brings together excellent authors to debate major topics in the philosophy of religion. The result is concise exchanges that are both accessible to students and valuable for professional readers in the field." Robert Audi, University of Notre Dame <!--end-->

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Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Religion features newly commissioned debates on some of the most controversial issues in the field. For example: Is evil evidence against belief in God? Does science discredit religion? Is God's existence the best explanation of the universe? Is eternal damnation compatible with the Christian concept of God? Is morality based on God's commands? Twelve central questions are posed, with each question addressed by a pair of opposing essays. The debates range from vigorous disagreements between theists and their critics to arguments between theists of different philosophical and theological persuasions.
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (December 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631200436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631200437
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
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By P. Nagy on July 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Religion edited by Michael L. Peterson, Raymond J. Vanarragon (Contemporary Debates in Philosophy: Blackwell Publishers) (Paperback) Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Religion features newly commissioned debates on some of the most controversial issues in the field. For example: Is evil evidence against belief in God? Does science discredit religion? Is God's existence the best explanation of the universe? Is eternal damnation compatible with the Christian concept of God? Is morality based on God's commands?

This first title in Blackwell's Contemporary Debates in Philosophy series presents important philosophical issues in a stimulating and engaging manner. Twelve central questions are posed, with each question addressed by a pair of opposing essays. The debates range from vigorous disagreements between theists and their critics to arguments between theists of different philosophical and theological persuasions. Both students and scholars in the philosophy of religion will readily sense the value of rigorous debate for sharply defining the issues and paving the way for further progress.

Contributors: William R. Alston, Lynne Rudder Baker, David Basinger, Michael Bergmann, Craig A. Boyd, Peter Byrne, Stephen T. Davis, Evan Fales, Richard M. Gale, William Hasker, Paul Helm, Daniel Howard-Snyder, Janine Marie Idziak, Michael Martin, Paul K. Moser, Michael J. Murray, Del Ratzsch, Bruce R. Reichenbach, William L. Rowe, J. L. Schellenberg, Thomas Talbott, Raymond J. Vanarragon, Jerry Walls, John Worrall, Keith E. Yandell, Dean W. Zimmerman

This is the first book in Blackwell's "Contemporary Debates" textbook series.
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These are the kinds of books every student of philosophy of religion should own. Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion is a finely edited volume containing high quality arguments on some of the most important topics being discussed in philosophy of religion today (I especially enjoyed Hasker and Helm's exchange). The essays are mercifully short, not overly technical, and pregnant with key ideas that every serious thinker about God must work through. The list of contributors is long and prominent: William Rowe, William Alston, Michael Martin, and many others make powerful arguments for their views and make replies to criticisms from their opponents. Theologians and Bible scholars would benefit from surveying this book to explore some of the hidden presupositions we make in thinking about God. Much food for thought is contained within its pages that will sustain the hungry reader for years to come.
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'Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Religion' is an excellent collection of certain debates in the philosophy of religion. It also presents the field from a very adversarial standpoint. In short, its an excellent introduction to what some philosophers of religion are interested in. Some of the arguments are quite technical and very well done, while one cannot help but wonder why some of the 'debates' were chosen for inclusion over others (is it really still worth debating whether or not prayers are answered or whether divine command theory is true?) In short, while this is a book of 'debates' it is also very one-sided when it comes to approaching the field. I recommend it to those interested in philosophy of religion, but I would also suggest looking at 'The Religious' ed. John Caputo (also from Blackwell) for a glimpse of a completely different approach that focuses more on what it means to be religious. There is far more to this fascinating field than the logical debates presented in this collection. Nevertheless, it is a useful collection of arguments and any student of philosophy or anyone interested in the field would do well to become familiar with them.
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