Philosophy of Religion is an engaging introduction to the main tenets of this fascinating subject, written clearly and with detailed enough explanation to be accessible to those new to the field, whilst providing original and challenging ideas to more experienced students. * The ideal introduction to this fascinating subject, providing a clear and engaging entry point to the field * The book lucidly introduces the main issues in philosophy of religion and develops a rigorous yet accessible approach to evaluating positions on these issues * No previous exposure to philosophy is assumed, and more technical topics are introduced and explained before they are employed * Original ideas and new approaches to concepts within the book ensure that it is also relevant to those already familiar with the subject
Edward Wierenga is Professor of Religion and of Philosophy at the University of Rochester. He is the author of The Nature of God (1989), and over 30 articles in the philosophy of religion. His research has focused on the divine attributes and other topics in philosophical theology.
Preface viii 1 Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion 1 2 The Cosmological Argument for God s Existence 10 3 The Ontological Argument 22 4 The Argument from Design 36 5 The Problem of Evil 50 6 Omnipotence 79 7 Omniscience, Foreknowledge, and Free Will 93 8 Divine Freedom and Moral Perfection 107 9 Miracles 119 10 The Evidentialist Objection: Clifford and James 131 11 The Evidentialist Objection and Foundationalism 143 References 159 Index 166