Readings in the Philosophy of Religion: East Meets West
April 2008, ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Preface to the Instructor.
A Note on the Treatment of Non-English Names and Terms.
Section I: What is Philosophy of Religion?.
Section II: Characterizing Ultimate Sacred Reality.
1. The Divine Attributes: What is God Like?: Michael Peterson, William Hasker, Bruce Reichenbach, and David Basinger.
2. The Female Nature of God: A Problem in Contemporary Religious Life: Rosemary Radford Ruether.
3. God as Creative-Responsive Love: John B. Cobb, Jr and David Ray Griffin.
4. The Vedic-Upanisadic Concept of Brahman (The Highest God): Sushanta Sen.
5. Emptiness in Mahayana Buddhism: Christopher Ives.
6. Reality and Divinity in Chinese Philosophy: Chung-Ying Cheng.
7. How the Supreme Nature Exists through Itself: Anselm of Canterbury.
8. Of the Unicity of God: Avicenna (Ibn Sina).
9. The Omnipotence of God: Thomas Aquinas.
10. Thinking and Speaking about God by Analogy: Thomas Aquinas.
11. Everything Has Its Self in Brahman: Shankara (Samkara).
12. An Analysis of Nirvā&ndot;a: Nagarjuna.
13. Non-Polar and Yet Supreme Polarity!: Zhou Dunyi (Zhou Lianxi).
Section III: The Role and Limits of Reason in Supporting Belief in an Ultimate Sacred Reality:.
14. A Cosmological Argument for God’s Existence: Richard Taylor.
15. al-Ghāzāli and the Kalām Cosmological Argument: William Lane Craig.
16. Cosmological Arguments: J. L. Mackie.
17. How the Existence of God Explains the World and Its Order: Richard Swinburne.
18. Are We the Outcome of Chance or Design?: Robin Le Poidevin.
19. The Message of the Mā&ndot;&udot;dūkya Upani⋅ad: A Phenomenological Analysis of Mind and Consciousness: Ramakrishna Puligandla.
20. Antirationalism in Zhuangzi and Kierkegaard: Karen L. Carr and Philip J. Ivanhoe.
21. Truly There is a God: Anselm of Canterbury.
22. Whether God Exists?: Thomas Aquinas.
23. Evidence of Design: William Paley.
24. On the Argument from Design: David Hume.
25. Truth is Subjectivity: Søren Kierkegaard.
Section IV: The Rationality of Religious Belief in the Absence of Evidence:.
26. The Will to Believe: William James.
27. Is Belief in God Properly Basic?: Alvin Plantinga.
28. Plantinga on Belief in God as Properly Basic: Michael Martin.
29. Religious Experience Justifies Religious Belief: William P. Alston.
30. Do Mystics See God?: Evan Fales.
31. Mystical Knowledge: Knowledge by Identity: Robert K. C. Forman.
32. The Difference between Union and Rapture: Teresa of Ávila.
33. Divine Intoxication: al-Ghazali (Abu Hamid).
34. Manifesting Suchness: Ehei Dogen.
Section V: Evil and the Rationality of Religious Belief:.
35. Evil and Omnipotence: J. L. Mackie.
36. The Logical Problem of Evil: William Rowe.
37. An Irenaean Theodicy: John Hick.
38. The Evidential Problem of Evil: William Rowe.
39. The Concept of God after Auschwitz: A Jewish Voice: Hans Jonas.
40. Śa&mdot;kara’s Theodicy: Bimal K. Matilal.
41. Karma, Rebirth, and the Problem of Evil: Whitley R. P. Kaufman.
42. Evil as a Privation of Good: Augustine of Hippo.
43. The Argument from Evil: David Hume.
44. Brahman, Creation, and Evil: Shankara (Samkara).
Section VI: Life after Death, Human Nature, and Personal Identity:.
45. A Naturalistic Case for Extinction: Linda Badham.
46. Brain Science and the Soul: Donald MacKay.
47. The Resurrection of the Dead: Stephen T. Davis.
48. The Idea of Reincarnation: Joseph Prabhu.
49. Not-Self, Kamma, and Rebirth: Christopher Gowans.
50. Nondualistic Problems of Immortality: Roy W. Perrett.
51. The Immortality of the Soul: Plato.
52. The Conscious Subject Persists in the State of Release: Ramanuja.
53. What is Reborn is Neither the Same Nor Another: Anonymous (Translator T. W. Rhys Davids).
Section VII: Making Sense of Conflicting Religious Truth Claims:.
54. A Religious Understanding of Religion: A Model of the Relationship between Traditions: John Hick.
55. In Defence of a Contented Religious Exclusivism: Jerome Gellman.
56. John Hick and the Question of Truth in Religion: Brian Hebblethwaite.
57. A Process Approach to Pluralism: John B. Cobb, Jr.
58. A Dynamic Unity in Religious Pluralism: A Proposal from the Buddhist Point of View: Masao Abe.
Section VIII: Questioning the Foundations of Inquiry and Mapping New Territory:.
59. Anti-Realist Faith: Don Cupitt.
60. The Religious Necessity of Realism: Paul Badham.
61. Postmodernism and Religious Reflection: Merold Westphal.
62. The Ends of Metaphysics: Robert Kane.
63. Feminism and Analytic Philosophy of Religion: Sarah Coakley.
64. Heidegger and Buddhism: Michael E. Zimmerman.
65. Li and the A-theistic Religiousness of Classical Confucianism: Roger T. Ames.
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