Belief in God An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

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Pub. Date: 2005-10-13
Publisher(s): Clarendon Press
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Summary

Belief in God answers two questions: What, if anything, is it that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreeing about when they join in claiming that there is a God? and What, if any, prospects are there for rationally defending or attacking this claim? A highly accessible and engaging introduction to the philosophy of religion, this book offers full coverage of the key issues, from ideas about God's nature and character to arguments for and against his existence. Author T. J. Mawson makes striking new claims and defends or attacks established positions in original ways. His conversational style, lively wit, and enlightening examples make Belief in God simultaneously instructive, thought-provoking, and enjoyable to read.

Author Biography

T. J. Mawson is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Peter's College, University of Oxford

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(8)
PART I. THE CONCEPT OF GOD
Personhood, Transcendence, Immanence
9(19)
Omnipotence, Omniscience, Eternality
28(25)
Perfect Freedom, Perfect Goodness, Necessity
53(17)
Creator of the World, Creator of Value
70(11)
Revealer, Offerer of Eternal Life
81(32)
PART II. THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
Arguing for and Against the Existence of God
113(12)
The Ontological Argument
125(8)
The Argument to Design
133(20)
The Cosmological Argument
153(10)
The Argument from Religious Experience
163(16)
The Argument from Reports of Apparent Miracles
179(19)
The Problem of Evil
198(21)
Conclusion: Faith 219(15)
Endnotes 234(27)
Bibliography 261(10)
Index 271

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