This book provides an accessible, readable, student-centred guide to Philosophy of Religion. Through lucid explanation, careful use of modern examples and engaging activities it leads students towards deeper understanding of all the key issues in the study of Philosophy of Religion. Key features include: - a clear overview of the key ideas and the key individuals which have influenced thinking about religion - key quotes from the significant texts, and interesting examples of philosophical debate in film and literature e.g. Woody Allen - imaginateve tasks and activities to stimulate thought and explore the key ideas in an engaging and motivating way - a critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of particular philosophers' viewpoints - end-of-chapter key point summaries covering what readers need to know to answer exam questions on the philosophy of religion - an extensive glossary of key words and ideas - thorough referencing to enable students to follow up key ideas and quotes in independent study
The authors have been widely involved in introducing new learning methods into the field of A Level Philosophy. They have pioneered the use of games and simulations to sharpen philosophical understanding and critical thinking skills. Gerald Jones is Head of Humanities at the Mary Ward Centre, London. Daniel Cardinal is Head of Philosophy at Orpington College and teaches Philosophy at the Birkbeck Faculty of Continuing Education. Jeremy Hayward is a lecturer at the University of London Institute of Education.
1. GOD AND PHILOSOPHY Introduction Philosophy and religious belief Investigating the nature of God How this book matches AS/A2 Level Exam specifications What you need to know about the philosophical perspective of God 2. ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD Introduction Ontological arguments Cosmological arguments Teleological arguments Arguments from religious experience What you need to know about arguments for the existence of God 3. THE CHALLENGES TO BELIEVING IN GOD The challenge to God The challenge of miracles The challenge of evil The challenges of morality What you need to know about the challenges to believing in God 4. FAITH AND BELIEF IN GOD Faith, evidence and reason Faith as the acceptance of revealed truths: Aquinas Faith as a basic belief: Plantinga Faith as an act of will: Pascal, James and Tennant Faith as an attitude What you need to know about faith and belief in God 5. TALKING ABOUT GOD Introduction Verificationism and falsificationism Wittgenstein's theory of meaning Religious Language as myth, symbol and analogy What you need to know about religious language GLOSSARY ENDNOTES