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Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings Paperback – July 8, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0155036871 ISBN-10: 0155036874 Edition: 3rd
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Preface. 1. The Nature of God. Possible Worlds and the Concept of a Maximally Perfect Reality. Is the Concept of a Maximally Perfect Reality Coherent? Is a Perfect Reality Personal? God's Metaphysical Attributes and the Concepts of Timelessness and Impassability. God's Knowledge and Power. Conclusion. 2. Arguments for the Existence of God. The Ontological Argument. The Cosmological Argument. The Design Argument. Appendix: Miracles. 3. The Problem of Evil. Are God and Evil Compatible? The Greater Goods Defense. The Free Will Defense. Must God Choose the Best? Gratuitous Evil. Conclusion. 4. Immortality. The Possibility of Immortality. Arguments for Immortality. Conclusion. 5. Mysticism and Religious Experience. The Nature of Religious Experience. Do Religious Experiences Have Cognitive Value? Conclusion. 6. Anti-Evidentialism. Fideism. William James and the Will to Believe. Alvin Plantinga and Properly Basic Beliefs. Conclusion. 7. Is Theism the Best Explanation? Assessing World Views. Cumulative Arguments. Comparing Rival Worldviews. Comparing Rival Religious Systems. 8. The Diversity of Religions. Relativism. The Devaluation of Propositional Belief and Truth. Religious Pluralism. Revelation and Rival Religious Systems. Conclusion. INDEX. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt College Pub; 3rd edition (July 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0155036874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0155036871
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By la on February 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Many philosophers are struck with the unbearable "long-windedness", which is in fact surprising when you consider their aim of rationality. Wainwright's Philosophy of Religion deals beautifully with the dreaded long-windedness through concise exegeses and a thoughtful introduction to many of the pressing topics in this field. This is definitely the book to get for beginners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Nobis on March 30, 2002
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This is a good text although I suspect that any students lower than higher-intermediate or advanced undergraduate levels would find it very difficult. I found it to often presuppose that the reader was already fairly philosophically sophisticated, so I suspect the introductory student would get quite lost (and bored), unless the class were going at a quite slow speed (which is often the speed that good philosophy is done). So, I don't think I'd recommend this book to students without much philosophy background. It'd be good for more advanced students though.
The 'Notes' and 'For Further Reading' sections were full of good sources for scholars and students to track down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon on August 31, 2008
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This book was a required read in my undergraduate course in the philosophy of religion, and I must say that I'm very pleased that it was.

The selected readings are fair and balanced, and do well to portray the argument from religious big leaguers like St. Aquinas, St. Anselm, and Plantinga, and members of the skeptic A-team like Hume and Clifford. Many of the popular arguments concerning God's nature, and His relationship with mankind, are examined in this book.

Overall, I think the book is excellent, and serves a very interesting plunge in to the world of religious philosophy, most especially for Catholics like myself who feel the call to examine anything and everything they can get their hands on, haha.
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This year (2013) marks the fortieth anniversary of the publication of the first edition of "Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings," edited by William Rowe and William Wainwright. The first edition, which I used during the years I was teaching philosophy of religion at the University of Nebraska, was great. The current (third) edition is just as good, perhaps even better. Unlike some anthologies, the current editon of Rowe and Wainwright has not been watered down by the inclusion of trendy or superficial articles. It contains many of the same articles found in the first edition, almost all by philosophical "heavyweights," and where it has substituted or added articles it has continued the same practice of anthologizing articles with important philosophical content.

Its major sections are: The nature and attributes of God, the arguments for God's existence (including a subsection on the moral argument, which was not in the first edition), the problem of evil, objections to theism, mysticism and religious experience, faith and miracles, and immortality. Most of these sections contain a nice blend of traditional and contemporary readings on the topic. Moreover, the anthologized articles represent a balance between opposing viewpoints. It is clear that Rowe and Wainwright do not have a particular theological or philosophical axe to grind.

While many of these selections require work on the part of the reader to fully understand, they are not beyond the ability of the more advanced undergraduate to fathom. This anthology is ideal for an upper-division philosophy of religion course.
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By Marilyn on January 2, 2013
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I purchased this product because the cost of textbooks from the bookstore at my campus is outrageous.I must say I was very satisfied with the condition of this book, it was brought as a used book, however the condition of it was new. I also was very pleased with the time frame I received the book.
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