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Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion

2nd Edition

Edited by Chad Meister, Paul Copan


826 pages

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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second edition is an indispensable guide and reference source to the major themes, movements, debates and topics in philosophy of religion. Considerably expanded for the second edition, over seventy entries from a team of renowned international contributors are organized into nine clear parts:

  • philosophical issues in world religions
  • key figures in philosophy of religion
  • religious diversity
  • the theistic conception of God
  • arguments for the existence of God
  • arguments against the existence of God
  • philosophical theology
  • Christian theism
  • recent topics in philosophy of religion.

Covering key world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, and key figures such as Augustine, Aquinas and Kierkegaard, the Companion explores the central topics in theism such as the ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments for God’s existence. Three final parts consider Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern orthodoxy and current debates including phenomenology, reformed epistemology, religious experience, and religion and science, making the Companion as a wholeessential reading for students of philosophy or religion, and suitable for anyone coming to the subject for the first time.

This second edition includes new chapters on Blaise Pascal, Baruch Spinoza, Interreligious Dialogue, Death and the Afterlife, Incorporeality, Religion and Global Ethics, New Religious Movements, Religion and the Environment, and Religion and Film.


Priase for the first edition:

"…a very valuable resource for libraries and serious scholars." - CHOICE

"The work is sure to be an academic standard for years to come…" - Philosophia Christi

"The most up-to-date and authoritative introduction to the immediate past and the immediate future of the discipline currently available." - Philip Clayton, Claremont Lincoln University, USA

"This book is distinguished by its comprehensive range and by the eminent list of philosophers who have written for it. It will be an indispensable guide to current thinking in the philosophy of religion." - Keith Ward, Christ Church College, Oxford, UK

"This is the best companion to philosophy of religion currently available. It provides expertly guided entry to recent work on a huge range of topics, and will be immensely useful to all students who are prepared to think about what they are reading." - Graham Oppy, Monash University, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction Chad Meister and Paul Copan Part 1: Philosophical Issues in the World Religions 1. Hinduism Arvind Sharma 2. Buddhism David Burton 3. African Religions Kwasi Wiredu 4. Chinese Religions Chung-ying Cheng 5. Judaism David Shatz 6. Christianity Paul Moser 7. Islam Majid Fakhry Part 2: Key Figures in Philosophy of Religion 8. Augustine Phillip Cary 9. Shankara John M. Koller 10. Ibn Sina/Avicenna Rahim Acar 11. Moses Maimonides/Rambam Jerome Gellman 12. Thomas Aquinas Wayne Hankey 13. Blaise Pascal Michael Moriarty 14. Baruch Spinoza Michael Rosenthal 15. David Hume Terence Penelhum 16. Immanuel Kant Paul Abela 17. Søren Kierkegaard Robert C. Roberts 18. Friedrich Nietzsche Gary Shapiro 19. William James Ruth Anna Putnam Part 3: Religious Diversity 20. Truth in Religion Ian Markham 21. Comparing Rival Religious Systems Keith Yandell 22. Religious Pluralism John Hick 23. Inclusivism and Exclusivism Harold Netland 24. Interreligious Dialogue Gavin D’Costa 25. Non-theistic Conceptions of God Michael Levine 26. Mysticism Among the World’s Religions Louis Dupre 27. Death and the Afterlife Chad Meister Part 4: The Theistic Concept of God 28. Omniscience Linda Zagzebski 29. Omnipotence Joshua Hoffman and Gary Rosenkrantz 30. Omnipresence Edward Wierenga 31. Eternity Alan G. Padgett 32. Incorporeality Oliver Crisp 33. Goodness Michael Beaty 34. Hiddenness Michael Murray and David E. Taylor 35. Creation and Divine Action William Lane Craig Part 5: Arguments For God's Existence 36. The Ontological Argument E. J. Lowe 37. The Cosmological Argument David S. Oderberg 38. The Teleological Argument Robin Collins 39. The Moral Argument Paul Copan 40. The Argument from Mind J. P. Moreland 41. The Wager Argument Joshua Golding Part 6: Arguments Against God's Existence42. The Problem of Evil Richard Gale 43. Problems with the Concept of God Bede Rundle 44. The Problem of Religious Language Kai Nielsen 45. Problems with Theistic Arguments Keith M. Parsons 46. Science and the Improbability of God Adolf Grünbaum 47. The Socio-biological Account of Religious Belief Michael Ruse Part 7: Philosophical Theology 48. Catholic Philosophical Theology Laura Garcia 49. Eastern Orthodoxy Paul Gavrilyuk 50. Protestant Theology Daniel von Wachter 51. Process Theology John B. Cobb 52. Postmodern Theology Pamela Sue Anderson 53. Theology and Religious Language Peter Byrne Part 8: Christian Theism 54. The Trinity Ronald Feenstra 55. Revelation Ellen Charry 56. Incarnation Thomas D. Senor 57. Resurrection Craig A. Evans 58. Sin and Salvation Gordon Graham 59. Heaven and Hell Jerry Walls 60. Miracles R. Douglas Geivett 61. Faith, Hope, and Doubt Jay Wood 62. Prayer Charles Taliaferro Part 9: Recent Topics in Philosophy of Religion 63. Reformed Epistemology John Greco 64. Religion and Global Ethics Joseph Runzo 65. Feminism Harriet A. Harris 66. Continental Philosophy Jean-Yves Lacoste 67. Phenomenology of Religion Merold Westphal 68. Religious Naturalism Donald A. Crosby 69. New Religious Movements George D. Chryssides 70. Religious Experience Gwen Griffith-Dickson 71. Religion and Science Mikael Stenmark 72. Religion and the Environment Roger Gottlieb 73. Religion and Film Jolyon Mitchell and Frances Henderson. Index

About the Editors

Chad Meister is Professor of Philosophy at Bethel College, USA. He is the author (with James Stump) of Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction (Routledge, 2010).

Paul Copan is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Philosophy Companions

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Philosophy