- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (May 18, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405176571
- ISBN-13: 978-1405176576
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 10 inches
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"They give a good look into the condition of the field, and bringto the forefront presuppositions shaping contemporary inquiry."(Reviews in Religion & Theology, 2011)
"If natural theology is overdue for a comeback, this work willhelp it on its way, and, for skeptical readers, there is much hereto go on thinking about for months to come (making it a goodcatalyst for intelligent debate)." (Reference Reviews,February 2010)
"All of these essays show sophistication and deserve wideattention. Common objections to the theistic arguments areconsidered and logical proofs are helpfully provided whenappropriate." (Religious Studies Review, June 2010)
"Laudable and timely." (Church Times, January 2010)
"The Companion contains papers on a rich diversity of topics thatare representative of the new natural theology that emerged in the1970s with books by Alvin Plantinga, William Craig and others. Therapidly evolving lines of thought are increasingly influential inthe field of philosophy and the essays in this collection are"cutting edge" works, such as the very recent formulation of a newversion of the ontological argument for God's existence by RobertMaydole. The high quality of the essays make this book requiredreading for philosophers of religion and its diverse topics willinterest thinkers in many fields."
–Quentin Smith, Western Michigan University
"This collection is a major contribution to the intellectualdiscussion of classical theism. Its philosophically sophisticatedessays provide essential background reading for all those engagedin serious debate about the rationality of belief in Godtoday."
–John F. Haught, Georgetown University
"I used to think natural theology was a dead area and not worthyof mourning. The scholarship represented by this volume hasconvinced me I was wrong. The Blackwell Companion to NaturalTheology aptly demonstrates why natural theology has become anexciting scholarly area again. These essays combine cutting-edgephilosophy with recent scientific advancements to provide athorough, timely resource balancing confidence and humility, rigourand readability."
–Justin L. Barrett, University of Oxford
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William Lane Craig has put out a beautiful argument in the Kalam Cosmological Argument that has been taking on numerous gunfire from opponents, however in the end it still stands unblemished. It seems as though many have tried and THOUGHT they succeeded in debunked the KCA only to find that their thoughts have been put to shreds due to lack of philosophical and scientific knowledge or they just don't understand the argument. I laugh at the flops and hopelessly bad objections to the KCA and it seems like the critics are running out of steam. it seems as though that the attention this argument gets, speaks volumes. Now the argument just got stronger.
Premise 1 is what most of the critics have TRIED to bring down constantly, but always seem to fall short. So this time Craig wants to make it more iron-clad then it already is and brings some help alongside him with a man by the name of James Sinclair who combined with Dr. Craig really show how virtually indestructible this powerful argument is. This is as of 2011 most likely the best essay in regards to the description of Kalam Cosmological argument.
Then you have J.P Moreland with the argument from consciousness, Tim Mcgrew with the argument for the resurrection (though I think N.T Wrights "Resurrection of the Son of God" is still the best book on this subject). Robin Collins provides a great dissection of why the "fine-tuning" argument is possibly the greatest evidence for a higher power that we have as of today.
It is interesting how we don't see Robert Merrihew Adams or John Hare writing about morals in this book (as I consider them the best in this subject), but WLC and JPM choosing Mark linville to write about morals. Mark did good, and considering I've hardly heard of him before this book, I'm definitely considering checking out his new book on morals that is coming out later this year. Robert Maydole tweaks Plantinga's Ontological argument and molds it into a formidable argument for God's existence. Some of these others I've never heard of, but what impressed in what I read.
All in all this book is worth the price tag, but if you are not experienced in philosophy or apologetics it might take a couple of reads, before you can fully understand it.
For serious students, this may be a definitive work.
One caveat though. The chapter, late in the book, which includes modal logic is a total botch typographically. Someone without any knowledge of symbolic logic did a transfer that mismapped technical terms into the copyright symbol and other complete nonsense. All but inexcusable, but easily fixed. If the original symbol set isn't available on some Kindle platforms, there are workarounds. This really needs to be fixed.
I like the Bayes test on this subject in several articles, and the good atrtention that is given to the objections.
You get the feeling to listen to a very interesting debate, without the bias of emotion.
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