This book explores two foundational questions about God: are there adequate reasons to think that God exists and if God exists, what is God like. The first and main question of the book takes up epistemological concerns, focusing on arguments for and against the claim that theism is rationally justifiable. Metaphysical questions about God's nature, in particular God's knowledge and power, comprise the second part of the volume. These two questions are related since, if the concept of a God perfect in wisdom, power and goodness is incoherent, it cannot be reasonable to believe that God exists. By exploring these foundational questions about God, readers will be able, and I hope eager, to tackle more specialized and complex questions in the philosophy of religion.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction and teleological arguments 2. Cosmological and ontological arguments 3. The moral argument 4. The argument from religious experience 5. Belief without evidence 6. The problem of suffering 7. What is God like?
W. Jay Wood is Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College, Illinois.