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2nd Edition

Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion

ISBN 9780415782951
Published November 2, 2012 by Routledge
848 Pages

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Book Description

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 whole essential 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.

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 Existence  42. 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

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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.


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