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A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, 2nd Edition

Charles Taliaferro (Editor), Paul Draper (Editor), Philip L. Quinn (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-2016-9
784 pages
January 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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In 85 new and updated essays, this comprehensive volume provides an authoritative guide to the philosophy of religion.
  • Includes contributions from established philosophers and rising stars
  • 22 new entries have now been added, and all material from the previous edition has been updated and reorganized
  • Broad coverage spans the areas of world religions, theism, atheism, , the problem of evil, science and religion, and ethics
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List of Contributors.


Introduction to the Second Edition (Paul Draper and Charles Taliaferro).

Part I: Philosophical Issues in the Religions of the World.

1 Hinduism (Jonardon Ganeri).

2 Buddhism (Paul J. Griffiths).

3 Chinese Confucianism and Daoism (Chad Hansen).

4 African Religions from a Philosophical Point of View (Kwasi Wiredu).

5 Judaism (Lenn E. Goodman).

6 Christianity (William J. Wainwright).

7 Philosophy in the Islamic Context (Aziz A. Esmail and Azim A. Nanji).

Part II: Philosophical Theology and Philosophy of Religion in Western History.

8 Ancient Philosophical Theology (Kevin L. Flannery).

9 The Christian Contribution to Medieval Philosophical Theology (Scott MacDonald).

10 The Islamic Contribution to Medieval Philosophical Theology (David Burrell).

11 The Jewish Contribution to Medieval Philosophical Theology (Tamar Rudavsky).

12 Early Modern Philosophical Theology on the Continent (Derk Pereboom).

13 Early Modern Philosophical Theology in Great Britain (Geoffrey Gorham).

14 The Emergence of Modern Philosophy of Religion (Merold Westphal).

Part III: Philosophy of Religion and Religious Philosophy in the Twentieth Century.

15 American Pragmatism (Nancy Frankenberry).

16 Personalism (Patricia A. Sayre).

17 Process Theology (David Ray Griffin).

18 Phenomenology and Existentialism (Merold Westphal).

19 Wittgenstein (John Hyman).

20 Thomism (Ralph McInerny).

21 Natural Theology (Brian Hebblethwaite).

22 The Reformed Tradition (Nicholas Wolterstorff).

23 The Jewish Tradition (Robert Gibbs).

24 The Christian East (Paul Valliere).

Part IV: The Concept of God.

25 Perfect Being Theology (Mark Owen Webb).

26 Holiness (Jacqueline Mariña).

27 Omnipotence (Joshua Hoffman and Gary Rosenkrantz).

28 Omniscience (George I. Mavrodes).

29 Omnipresence (Edward R. Wierenga).

30 Goodness (Paul Helm).

31 Simplicity (Eleonore Stump).

32 Eternity (Brian Leftow).

33 Necessity (William E. Mann).

34 Incorporeality (Charles Taliaferro).

35 Beauty (Patrick Sherry).

36 Divine Action (Thomas F. Tracy).

37 Creation and Conservation (Hugh J. McCann).

38 Immutability and Impassibility (Richard E. Creel).

39 Providence (Thomas P. Flint).

40 Pantheism (Michael Levine).

41 Religious Language (Janet Soskice).

Part V: The Justifi cation of Religious Belief.

42 Ontological Arguments (Peter van Inwagen).

43 Cosmological Arguments (William L. Rowe).

44 Teleological and Design Arguments (Laura L. Garcia).

45 Moral Arguments (C. Stephen Evans).

46 Arguments from Consciousness and Free Will (Stewart Goetz).

47 Miracles (George N. Schlesinger).

48 Religious Experience (Keith E. Yandell).

49 Cumulative Cases (Paul Draper).

50 Pragmatic Arguments (Jeffrey Jordan).

51 Tradition (Basil Mitchell).

52 Fideism (Terence Penelhum).

Part VI: Challenges to Theistic Belief.

53 The Presumption of Atheism (Antony Flew).

54 The Verifi cationist Challenge (Michael Martin).

55 Theism and Incoherence (Michael Martin).

56 Foreknowledge and Human Freedom (Linda Zagzebski).

57 The Problem of No Best World (Klaas J. Kraay).

58 The Logical Problem of Evil (Michael L. Peterson).

59 The Evidential Problem of Evil (Graham Oppy).

60 Divine Hiddenness (J. L. Schellenberg).

61 Naturalistic Explanations of Theistic Belief (Kai Nielsen).

Part VII: Religion and Science.

62 Historical Perspectives on Religion and Science (John Hedley Brooke).

63 Theism and Physical Cosmology (William Lane Craig).

64 Theism and Evolutionary Biology (William Hasker).

65 Theism and the Scientific Understanding of the Mind (Robert Audi).

66 Theism and Technology (Frederick Ferré).

Part VIII: Religion and Values.

67 The Ethics of Religious Commitment (Samantha Corte).

68 Divine Command Ethics (Janine Marie Idziak).

69 Natural Law Ethics (Robert P. George).

70 Religion, Law, and Politics (Paul J. Weithman).

71 Theism and Toleration (Edward Langerak).

72 Sin and Original Sin (Philip L. Quinn).

73 Atonement, Justifi cation, and Sanctifi cation (John E. Hare).

74 Resurrection, Heaven, and Hell (Jonathan L. Kvanvig).

75 Reincarnation and Karma (Paul Reasoner).

Part IX: Current Trends and New Directions.

76 Theological Realism and Antirealism (Roger Trigg).

77 Wittgensteinian Philosophy of Religion (John H. Whittaker).

78 Continental Philosophy of Religion (John D. Caputo).

79 Reformed Epistemology (Alvin Plantinga).

80 Evidentialism (Richard Swinburne).

81 Feminism (Sarah Coakley).

82 Philosophical Refl ection on Revelation and Scripture (William J. Abraham).

83 Philosophical Refl ection on Mysticism (Anthony Novak Perovich, Jr.).

84 Religious Pluralism (John Hick).

85 Comparative Philosophy of Religion (Paul J. Griffiths).

Resources for Further Study.


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Charles Taliaferro is professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College and the author or editor of eleven books, including Evidence and Faith: Philosophy and Religion since the Seventeenth Century (2005). He is on the editorial board of American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy Compass, Sophia, and Religious Studies, and has been a visiting scholar at NYU and Oxford, Princeton, and Columbia Universities.

Paul Draper is professor of philosophy at Purdue University and a former president of the Society for Philosophy of Religion. He is the author of the article "Pain and Pleasure: An Evidential Problem for Theists" in Nous (1989) and the editor of God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence (2007). He is editor of Philo: A Journal of Philosophy and serves on the editorial boards of International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Faith and Philosophy.

Philip L. Quinn (1940-2004) was John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He was author of Divine Commands and Moral Requirements (1978) and of numerous articles in philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, theoretical physics, religious ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, value theory, political philosophy, and philosophy and literature.

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“Overall, this work is an effective introduction into an analytical approach to the philosophy of religion, with enough other perspectives included to provide a good starting point for other research. A great textbook for any philosophy of religion or religious studies course, that remains a useful reference point outside of the classroom context.”  (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, 5 April 2014)

"All in all, specialists and nonspecialists alike will find this guide to the discipline a readily accessible and immensely valuable resource. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." (Choice, 1July 2011)


Praise for the first edition:

"I must congratulate the editors on the volume. It is very comprehensive - bringing in the different religious traditions of the world and their philosophies, the history of the philosophy of religion, and some of its most modern developments. I think it has got the balance of its articles exactly right, focusing on the modern detailed analytic work, but not neglecting the wider perspective. It is very readable, and the various articles will serve as useful introductions to topics for students; it is a very valuable resource."
Professor Swinburne, Oriel College, University of Oxford

"A superb collection! The topics are just right: from the religions of the world and currents in recent philosophy of religion to the theistic conception of God and the justification of theistic belief. The writing is authoritative, but also lively and stimulating. The book will be a valuable reference resource for years to come."
Robert L. Arrington, Georgia State University

"Blackwell's Companions to Philosophy have already established themselves as up-to-date and reliable guides to the central fields within the discipline. This present volume which, offers a remarkably wide-ranging survey of philosophy of religion and philosophical theology in crisp and manageable essays by acknowledged authorities, is no exception."
—The Tablet

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