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Is Faith in God Reasonable?
Debates in Philosophy, Science, and Rhetoric

ISBN 9780415709408
Published April 21, 2014 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

The question of whether faith in God is reasonable is of renewed interest in today’s academy. In light of this interest, as well as the rise of militant religion and terrorism and the emergent reaction by neo-atheism, this volume considers this important question from the views of contemporary scientists, philosophers, and in a more novel fashion, of rhetoricians. It is comprised of a public debate between William Lane Craig, supporting the position that faith in God is reasonable and Alex Rosenberg, arguing against that position. Scholars in the aforementioned fields then respond to the debate, representing both theistic and atheistic positions. The book concludes with rejoinders from Craig and Rosenberg.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction and Transcript  1. Introduction Paul Gould and Corey Miller  2. The Debate William Lane Craig and Alex Rosenberg  Part II: Respondents  3. Scientist-Christian Response Robert Kaita  4. Scientist-Atheist Response Victor Stenger  5. Philosopher-Christian Response Paul Moser  6. Philosopher-Atheist Response Theodore Drange  7. Philosopher-Christian Response Timothy McGrew  8. Philosopher-Atheist Response Michael Ruse  9. Rhetorician-Christian Response Martin Medhurst  10. Rhetorician-Atheist Response Clarke Rountree  Part III: Rejoinders  11. Proponent Rejoinder William Lane Craig  12. Opponent Rejoinder Alex Rosenberg

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Corey Miller is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions at Indiana University-Kokomo. His Ph.D. is from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland (2014). He is published in International Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophia Christi, and American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. Research interests include philosophy of religion, ethics, comparative religions, and ancient/medieval philosophy.

Paul Gould received his PhD in philosophy from Purdue University and is Adjunct Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is editor of three other books including Beyond the Control of God? Six Views on The Problem of God and Abstract Objects (2014) and has published articles in journals such as Sophia, Axiomathes, Metaphysica, Faith and Philosophy, Philosophia Christi, and Philo. His research interests include philosophy of religion, metaphysics, and philosophical theology.


"Is Faith in God Reasonable? brings top thinkers from a variety of disciplines to engage the central question of the age. The interaction is rigorous but the contributors maintain a professional and generous tone. The book provides a model of how disagreement about fundamental issues can and should be handled. This is a great entry into a deeper engagement with the question of God’s existence." -- Greg Ganssle, Rivendell Institute, Yale University


"Regardless of what one's position is, regarding the reasonableness or unreasonableness concerning the faith in God, this volume is a worthwhile read for those interested in philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science and rhetoric...This book can function as a valuable resource for those who are interested in deep and difficult questions regarding faith, God and reason."  -- Scott Ventureyra, Dominican University College