This is a comprehensive textbook for students coming to philosophy of religion for the first time. "Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction" is a comprehensive textbook for students coming to philosophy of religion for the first time. It sets traditional arguments such as the problem of evil or the concept of God within the contexts of contemporary debates. In addition to classical questions and issues, the textbook also covers more modern debates such as those on reformed epistemology, theological non-realism and foundationalism. A special feature of the textbook is a developed account of the question of the truth claims of other religions. The authors also explain the development of religious language, the challenge of modern science and afterlife beliefs. There is extensive examination and study advice throughout, with suggested seminar and discussion topics as well as guidance on how to write a philosophy essay. The authors presuppose little prior knowledge, thus making "Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction" an ideal starting point for undergraduate students of philosophy, theology and religious studies.
More than simply listing and explaining the central arguments, it gives practical examples of engagement with them.
Michael B. Wilkinson lectures at Sussex Downs college and has over 30 years experience of teaching philosophical topics at university, seminary and college level. He is a senior examiner for a major awarding body and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK. Hugh N. Campbell is a principal examiner for a major awarding body and has been teaching philosophy of religion for 20 years.
Introduction; Timeline; 1. New Ways of Thinking; 2. Philosophy - The Basics; 3. Problems of Knowledge and Knowing God; 4. Plato and the Doctrine of the Forms; 5. Aristotle; 6. Concepts of God; 7. The Divine Attributes; 8. God's Knowledge and God's Goodness; 9. God as Creator; 10. Arguments for the Existence of God 1: Ontological Arguments; 11. Arguments for the Existence of God 2: St Thomas Aquinas and the Cosmological Argument; 12. Arguments for the Existence of God 3: The Cosmological Argument II - God as Explanation; 13. Arguments for the Existence of God 4: The Teleological (Design) Argument; 14. Arguments for the Existence of God 5: The Moral Argument; 15. Arguments Against the Existence of God 1: The Problem of Evil I - St Augustine; 16. Arguments Against the Existence of God 2: The Problem of Evil II - Irenaean Theodicy and Swinburne; 17. Arguments Against the Existence of God 3: Other Theodicies; 18. Arguments Against the Existence of God 4: The Challenge of Modern Science; 29. Arguments Against the Existence of God 5: Darwin's Black Box and Irreducible Complexity; 20. Arguments Against the Existence of God 6: The Problem of the Multiplicity of Faiths; 21. Religious Language 1 - Verification and Meaning; 22. Religious Language 2 - The Falsification Debate; 23. Religious Language 3 - Via Negativa, Analogy, Symbol and Myth; 24. Religious Language 4 - Language Games; 25. Problems of Knowledge 1 - Realism, Anti-Realism and Non-Realism; 26. Problems of Knowledge 2 - Reformed Epistemology and Foundationalism; 27. Religious Experience; 28. Revelation and Scripture; 29. Miracles; 30. Morality and Religion; 31. Body and Soul; 32. Life After Death; Appendix: Writing a Philosophy Essays; Suggestions for Further Reading.