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The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology

The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology

William Lane Craig (Editor), J. P. Moreland (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-30834-1

May 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

704 pages

$40.99

Description

With the help of in-depth essays from some of the world's leading philosophers, The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology explores the nature and existence of God through human reason and evidence from the natural world.
  • Provides in-depth and cutting-edge treatment of natural theology's main arguments
  • Includes contributions from first-rate philosophers well known for their work on the relevant topics
  • Updates relevant arguments in light of the most current, state-of-the-art philosophical and scientific discussions
  • Stands in useful contrast and opposition to the arguments of the 'new atheists'
List of figures vi

Notes on contributors vii

Introduction ix
William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland

1 The project of natural theology 1
Charles Taliaferro

2 The Leibnizian cosmological argument 24
Alexander R. Pruss

3 The kalam cosmological argument 101
William Lane Craig and James D. Sinclair

4 The teleological argument: an exploration of the fine-tuning of the universe 202
Robin Collins

5 The argument from consciousness 282
J. P. Moreland

6 The argument from reason 344
Victor Reppert

7 The moral argument 391
Mark D. Linville

8 The argument from evil 449
Stewart Goetz

9 The argument from religious experience 498
Kai-Man Kwan

10 The ontological argument 553
Robert E. Maydole

11 The argument from miracles: a cumulative case for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth 593
Timothy McGrew and Lydia McGrew

Index 663

"They give a good look into the condition of the field, and bring to the forefront presuppositions shaping contemporary inquiry." (Reviews in Religion & Theology, 2011)

"If natural theology is overdue for a comeback, this work will help it on its way, and, for skeptical readers, there is much here to go on thinking about for months to come (making it a good catalyst for intelligent debate)." (Reference Reviews, February 2010)

"All of these essays show sophistication and deserve wide attention. Common objections to the theistic arguments are considered and logical proofs are helpfully provided when appropriate." (Religious Studies Review, June 2010)

"Laudable and timely." (Church Times, January 2010)


  • Provides in-depth and cutting-edge treatment of natural theology's main arguments

  • Includes contributions from first-rate philosophers well known for their work on the relevant topics

  • Updates relevant arguments in light of the most current, state-of-the-art philosophical and scientific discussions

  • Stands in useful contrast and opposition to the arguments of the 'new atheists'