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Reading Philosophy of Religion

Graham Oppy (Editor), Michael Scott (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-7082-6
328 pages
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Reading Philosophy of Religion combines a diverse selection of classical and contemporary texts in philosophy of religion with insightful commentaries.
  • Offers a unique presentation through a combination of text and interactive commentary
  • Provides a mix of classic and contemporary texts, including some not anthologized elsewhere
  • Includes writings from thinkers such as Aquinas, Boethius, Hume, Plantinga and Putnam
  • Divided into sections which examine religious language, the existence of God, reason, argument and belief, divine properties, and religious pluralism
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Table of Contents

1. Religious Language


Introduction to Ayer

A. J. Ayer, ‘Critique of Theology’ (selection from Language, Truth and Logic ch. 6)

Commentary on Ayer

Introduction to Berkeley
George Berkeley, ‘Alciphron’ (selection from the seventh dialogue)

Commentary on Berkeley

Introduction to Putnam
Hilary Putnam, ‘Wittgenstein on Religious Language’ (selection from Renewing Philosophy ch. 7-8)             

Commentary on Putnam

Introduction to Alston
William Alston, ‘Referring to God’

Commentary on Alston

2. Arguments about the Existence of God


Introduction to Anselm

Anselm, Proslogion: The Ontological Argument

Commentary on Anselm

Introduction to Aquinas

Aquinas, Summa Theologica: First Way, Third Way

Commentary on Aquinas

Introduction to Pascal

Blaise Pascal, Pensées: The Wager

Commentary on Pascal

Introduction to Paley

William Paley, ‘Natural Theology’ (selection)

Commentary on Paley

Introduction to Hume

David Hume, ‘Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion’ (selection)

Commentary on Hume

Introduction to Everitt

Nicholas Everitt, ‘Teleological Arguments’ (selection from The Non-Existence of God, ch. 5)

Commentary on Everitt

Introduction to Mackie

  John Leslie Mackie, ‘Evil and Omnipotence’

Commentary on Mackie

Introduction to Rowe

William Rowe, ‘The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism’

Commentary on Rowe

3. Evidence, Argument and Belief in God

Introduction to New

Christopher New, ‘Antitheism’

Commentary on New

Introduction to Clifford

William Clifford, ‘The Ethics of Belief’

Commentary on Clifford

Introduction to James

William James, ‘The Will to Believe’

Commentary on James

Introduction to Plantinga

Alvin Plantinga, ‘Is Belief in God Properly Basic?’

Commentary on Plantinga

Introduction to Rey

Georges Rey, ‘Meta-Atheism: Religious Avowal as Self-Deception’

Commentary on Rey

4. Divine Attributes

Introduction to Boethius

Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy (selection)

Commentary on Boethius

Introduction to Savage
B Wade Savage, ‘The Paradox of the Stone’

Commentary on Savage

Introduction to Pike

Nelson Pike, ‘Divine Omniscience and Voluntary Action’

Commentary on Pike

Introduction to Kretzmann

Norman Kretzmann, ‘Abraham, Isaac and Euthyphro: God and the Basis of Morality’

Commentary on Kretzmann

5. Religious Diversity


Introduction to Hick

John Hick, The Interpretation of Religion (selection)

Commentary on Hick

Introduction to Plantinga

Alvin Plantinga, ‘Pluralism: A Defense of Religious Exclusivism’ (selection)

Commentary on Plantinga

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Author Information

Graham Oppy is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University, where he has recently been Head of the School of Philosophy and Bioethics, and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Arts. His publications in philosophy of religion include Ontological Arguments and Belief in God (1996), Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity (2006), and Arguing about Gods (2006) and numerous journal articles.

Michael Scott is lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Manchester and editor of Ars Disputandi, an online journal in philosophy of religion. He has written several papers in philosophy of religion and perception and co-authored Realism and Religion (2007) with Andrew Moore.

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