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Philosophy and Faith: A Philosophy of Religion Reader Paperback – November 28, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0072376890 ISBN-10: 0072376899 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 1 edition (November 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072376899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072376890
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Shatz is Professor of Philosophy at Yeshiva University. His scholarly work focuses on the theory of knowledge, free will, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. He has co-edited five books and published over forty articles and reviews. He has been elected five times as outstanding professor by the senior class of Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University, and was a winner in the John Templeton Foundation Course Competition in Science and Religion. He received his Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Random person on Amazon on July 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I used "Philosophy and Faith" by David Shatz for my semester long philosophy of religion class and found that it was quite good, actually. Shatz's short essays before the main argument was very helpful, and I thought that the range of subject matter was very good.

There were several texts in the book that we skipped over because we didn't have enough time to cover them all, so keep in mind that my class did not cover every essay in the book. We just covered the ones relevant to the fallowing topics: referring to God in univocally or equivocally, the ontological argument, the cosmological argument, the teleological argument, and several reasons why belief in God is rational besides a guarantee of God's existence (like Pascal's wager).

Keeping the two paragraphs above in mind, "Philosophy and Faith" didn't have what seems to be the most famous single essay regarding the existence of God, William Paley's Watchmaker analogy (actually I believe the essay is an excerpt from a book that Paley wrote). The essay would have fit in wonderfully in the teleological argument section. It seems quite odd that this essay wasn't in the text.

Another complaint, this one just an annoyance, is that some arguments are titled with a certain number of points and then the last few points aren't even mentioned in the excerpt given by Shatz. A perfect example is Thomas Aquinas' argument "The Five Ways." You would expect there to be five ways, right? But in fact there are three--that makes a lot of sense. I would also like to see a few of the shorter arguments completed for their own sake.

As far as physical complaints go, the pages in this book fall out too easily.
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