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Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction 4th Edition
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I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in the phil. of religion.
Professor Rowe includes a useful set of topics for further study at the end of each chapter. Here are some additional questions that came up during my discussions with students and colleagues.
First, in chapter 6 "Faith and Reason" Rowe discusses Alvin Plantinga's argument for the thesis that a belief can be rational without the person who holds the belief having any evidence for the belief. The topic for discussion is how are we to define the word "rational"? One problem we immediately confront is that this word can be used to evaluate both explanations and justifications. If I say "I believe God exists because God is all-perfect (and here I give the ontological argument)," then I am justifying my belief. I am giving my reasons for believing in the existence of God. But if you say of me: "He believes God exists because that is how he was brought up." then you are explaining how I came to have this belief. By analogy, the reasons Plantinga gives for the 14-year-old boy having a belief in God are reasons that explain but do not justify his beliefs.Read more ›
I have only one caveat: early on in the semester, it dawned on me that students would appreciate and learn so much more if they spent a little time in the related primary texts. So, for some of the chapters, I sent them links or made photo copies of a few pages of primary texts. They read the chapters in Rowe outside of class. In class, we discussed each chapter and then read a few pages of primary text together. Those were productive and fun class sessions. So, I would recommend that teachers using this text get a copy of the Philosophy of Religion reader, edited by Rowe and Wainwright. See which readings they use for each topic. Select one or two readings from among the possibilities, and then use those readings in class. This is the procedure that I currently use for the class, and it has usually worked well. Again, for someone studying independently who has no prior knowledge of the subject, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better introduction. Start with this book. You won't be sorry.
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This was a required book for the class. The book was beyond my understanding.Published 12 days ago by Chris
This is an exceptionally clear and well-argued introduction to the philosophy of religion. It can be used with students of almost any level.Published 13 months ago by Brent Concilio
The best way to start something is to start small. And this relatively short textbook introduces the beginner to philosophizing about religious concepts and beliefs exactly that... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Matko Gjurašin
As far as Philosophies of Religion go, this is as good as any. It was the first I read. I'll list the pros and cons with it:
1) Although Rowe has his own... Read more
It has a bunch of highlights and red pen all in it. It will be hard to read and do my own notes with all of this in the book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by emily hanson
I love how this book has been organized. It has the main heading: a philosophical category on religion and then the sub-headings are premises that support it and then premises that... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by PA-C
Just as promised in other reviews of this book which influenced my choice, this is the best introductory text on philosophy of religion that i have so far read. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by melvin ayogu