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Introducing Philosophy of Religion Hardcover – April 6, 2009

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041540326X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415403269
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,666,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'…I’ve never seen anything as good as this: pitch perfect, well-structured, coherent, cross-cultural.' - Chris Fleming, University of Western Sydney, Australia

'A clear, systematic, engaging introduction to philosophy of religion. There is no better single volume that covers the contemporary and classical themes and arguments with greater skill, fairness, comprehensiveness and efficiency. This is a brilliant book for newcomers as well as advanced scholars who want to take a fresh look at philosophy of religion today.' – Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College, USA

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Chad Meister is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy Program at Bethel College, Indiana. He has substantial experience of teaching in USA philosophy departments, and has a good knowledge of student needs.


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I am Professor of Philosophy at Bethel College in Indiana, USA. I'm a Christian philosopher and most of my books have to do with God or some subject related to God or Christianity. But I also have a deep appreciation for other faith traditions and for thoughtful skeptics, agnostics, and atheists as well. In fact, some of my books include writings of leading thinkers from the major world religions and from those who deny the reality of God altogether. As I see it, there is tremendous value in the dialogue, and much to learn from those with whom we disagree.

I have published 15 books or so, including Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed, Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction, The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity, and The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion. I am also General Editor, with Paul Moser, of the new book series with Cambridge University Press entitled Cambridge Studies in Religion, Philosophy, and Society.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David C. Cramer on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
[For the sake of full disclosure, this reviewer is a former student and colleague of the author, who read and commented on earlier drafts of various chapters of this book. This review is written in part to clarify some issues raised by the review of Hande Z.]

Chad Meister is indeed a Christian, but this fact in no way disqualifies him from writing a fine introduction to the philosophy of religion textbook. Indeed, in a recent review, atheist philosopher Graham Oppy not only has described Meister's text as "a good introductory textbook for philosophy of religion" that "covers a decent range of topics" but also states that the book "manifests a self-conscious striving to give a non-partisan introduction to contemporary debates in the field."* Moreover, for better or worse, the majority of introduction to philosophy of religion texts have been written by Christians of various stripes: Yandell, Hick, Davis, Pojman, Peterson/Hasker/Reichenbach/Basinger; the notable exception being atheist William Rowe's excellent text.

Meister's text follows the general format and outline of these other introductory texts, with the bulk of the chapters on the traditional arguments for and against God's existence. For every argument for or against God's existence, Meister offers a number of counter-arguments from the literature. This can give the impression that Meister views there to be relative parity between the arguments, but in fact he is mostly reporting on the state of the field (and in this regard, this book is perhaps the most up-to-date of all introduction to philosophy of religion texts currently on offer).
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By elicienne cortez on July 21, 2014
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hande Z on October 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book hopes to seduce thinkers into reading it by calling itself a book about "Philosophy of Religion". It is a Trojan horse. It sets out genereal atheistic positions and then responds with theistic arguments. It makes superficial references to Hinduism and Buddhism, and that is what makes this book deceptive. It is in the main, a Christian apologist's book. The author and the three names that appear on the first page in praise of the book (Charles Taliaferro, Gregory Ganssle, and Nathan Loewen) as well as the author, appear to be Christians. This book is not what it appears to portray - a neutral examination of religion from the perspective of philosophy. It is the other way round. It is an examination of philosophy from the perspective of religion. Even in those areas where the atheistic arguments are strongest, the author in his chapter summaries declares the debate a draw. This is insidious because the implication is that no argument has successfully destroyed the notion of God. It even holds out Intelligent Design as still a viable theory.
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