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The Lost Sheep in Philosophy of Religion
New Perspectives on Disability, Gender, Race, and Animals

ISBN 9781032177427
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
416 Pages

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Book Description

Contemporary research in philosophy of religion is dominated by traditional problems such as the nature of evil, arguments against theism, issues of foreknowledge and freedom, the divine attributes, and religious pluralism. This volume instead focuses on unrepresented and underrepresented issues in the discipline. The essays address how issues like race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, feminist and pantheist conceptions of the divine, and nonhuman animals connect to existing issues in philosophy of religion. By staking out new avenues for future research, this book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars in analytic philosophy of religion and analytic philosophical theology.

Table of Contents


Nicholas Wolterstorff


Kevin Timpe and Blake Hereth

1. Philosophy of Religion from the Margins: A Theoretical Analysis and Focus Group Study

Helen De Cruz

2. That We May Be Whole: Doing Philosophy of Religion with the Whole Self

Michelle Panchuk

3. Epistemic Injustice and Religious Experience

Kirk Lougheed

4. Smelling God: Olfaction as Religious Experience

Joshua Cockayne

5. ‘Not My People’: Jewish-Christian Ethics and Divine Reversals in Response to Injustice

Joshua Blanchard

6. Eschatology for Creeping Things (and Other Animals)

Dustin Crummett

7. Exploring Theological Zoology: Might Nonhuman Animals be Spiritual (but not Religious)?

Faith Glavey Pawl

8. Animal Gods

Blake Hereth

9. The Resurrection of the Minority Body: Physical Disability in the Life of Heaven

David Efird

10. Disabled Beatitude

Kevin Timpe

11. When Personhood Goes Wrong in Ethics and Philosophical Theology: Disability, Ableism, and (Modern) Personhood

Scott M. Williams

12. Marriage, Reproduction, and the Incarnation: What Could Jesus Do?

Eric T. Yang and Stephen T. Davis

13. A Transfeminist Critique of Mormon Theologies of Gender

Kelli D. Potter

14. Heavenly (Gendered) Bodies? Gender Persistence in the Resurrection and Its Implications

Hilary Yancey

15. Limbo, Hiddenness, and the Beatific Vision (And Procreation, For Some, in the Life to Come)

David Worsley

16. Religious Racial Formation Theory and its Metaphysics: A Research Program in the Philosophy of Religion

Sameer Yadav

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Blake Hereth is a PhD Candidate in philosophy at the University of Washington. Ze has defended animal immortality in Heaven and Philosophy (2018), animal universalism in Paradise Understood: New Philosophical Essays on Heaven (2017), and afterlife justice for transgender persons in Hinder Them Not: Centering Marginalized Voices in Analytic Theology (forthcoming).

Kevin Timpe holds the William H. Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy at Calvin College. His books include Disability and Inclusive Communities (2018), the Routledge Companion to Free Will (2017), and Free Will and Theism (2016). In addition to philosophy of religion, Timpe’s scholarly work focuses on philosophy of disability, metaphysics, and virtue ethics.