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Philosophy of Religion: Toward a Global Perspective - 99 edition

Philosophy of Religion: Toward a Global Perspective - 99 edition

ISBN13: 9780534505493

ISBN10: 053450549X

Philosophy of Religion: Toward a Global Perspective by Gary E. Kessler - ISBN 9780534505493
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Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
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Philosophy of Religion: Toward a Global Perspective by Gary E. Kessler - ISBN 9780534505493

ISBN13: 9780534505493

ISBN10: 053450549X

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Summary

This anthology on philosophy of religion is unique in that it reflects the multicultural and global realities of religious pluralism. In addition to readings dealing with Judeo Christianity, Kessler includes Native American, African, Hindu, Islamic, Confucian, and Taoist thought. Feminist, African-American, atheist, and Latin American viewpoints are also included.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface.
Introduction: What Is Philosophy of Religion?

1. WHAT IS RELIGION?

Introduction.
Ninian Smart, The Nature of Religion.
Clifford Geertz, Religion as a Cultural System.
Rem B. Edwards, The Search for Family Resemblances of Religion.
Wilfred Cantwell Smith, The Meaning and End of Religion.
Kenji Nishitani, What is Religion?

2. DIVERSE VIEWS OF ULTIMATE REALITY.

Introduction. Lao-tzu, The Tao.
Shankara, Non-Dualism.
Avicenna, The Nature of God.
John B. Cobb, Jr., Empitness and God.
Rosemary Radford Reuther, The Female Nature of God.
William J. Wainwright, Is the Concept of Ultimate Reality Coherent?

3. CAN WE PROVE THAT SOME KIND OF ULTIMATE REALITY EXISTS?

Introduction.
Udayana, The Seven Ways.
St. Thomas Aquinas, The Five Ways.
William Rowe, The Cosmological Argument.
Gunapala Dharmasiri, A Buddhist Critique.
David Hume, The Teleological Argument.
Sri Aurobindo, Whence This Consciousness?
St. Anselm and Gaunilo, The Ontological Argument.
Yeager Hudson, Problems and Possibilities for the Ontological Argument.

4. RELGIOUS EXPERIENCE: WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT PROVE?

Introduction.
Ninian Smart, The Experimental Dimension.
Black Elk, Black Elk's Vision.
Martin Buber, I and Thou.
D.T. Suzuki, Satori.
William P. Alston and Terence Penelhum, Perceiving God.
Grace M. Jantzen, Feminists, Philosophers and Mystics.

5. WHY DO SUFFERING AND EVIL OCCUR?

Introduction.
Elie Wiesel, Night.
Mencius, Human Nature is Good.
Hsun-tzu, Human Nature is Evil.
J.L. Mackie, Evil and Omnipotence.
Kwame Gyekye, The Free-Will Explanation.
William Rowe, Atheism and Evil.
Bruce Reichenbach, Karma and The Problem of Evil.
Robert Nozick, Theological Explanations.

6. HOW ARE RELIGION AND MORALITY RELATED?

Introduction.
Confucius, Analects.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Master and Slave Morality.
Robert Merrihew Adams, A Modified Divine Command Theory.
Cornel West, An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity.
Michael R. Candelaria, Popular Religion and Liberation.
Martha C. Nussbaum, Religion and Women's Human Rights.

7. ARE WE IMMORTAL?

Introduction.
Kofi Asare Opoku, Death and Immorality in African Religions.
Maurice Lamm, Jewish Views of the Afterlife.
John Hick, Human Destiny: Immortality and Resurrection.
Jacques Maritain, The Immortality of the Soul.
Sri Aurobindo, The Problem of Rebirth.
Linda Badham, A Naturalistic Case for Extinction.

8. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE?

Introduction.
Paul Tillich, The Nature of Religious Language.
Anthony Flew, R.M. Hare and Basil Mitchell, Does God-Talk Make Sense?
Thomas P. Kasulis, The Origins of the Question.
John Fire Lame Deer, Symbols All Around.
Sallie McFague, Metaphorical Theology.

9. DO FAITH AND REASON CONFLICT?

Introduction.
Averroes, On the Harmony Between Faith and Reason.
Blaise Pascal, A Wager. William K. Clifford, The Ethics of Belief.
William James, The Will to Believe.
Alvin Plantinga, Is Belief in God Rational?
Radhakrishnan, Intellect and Intuition.
Marilyn Gaye Piety, Kierkegaard on Rationality.

10. HUMANISM, SCIENCE, AND MIRACLES.

Introduction.
Ludwig Feuerbach, God Is A Projection.
Karl Marx, Religion Is An Opiate.
Hu Shih, The Scientific Spirit and Method in Chinese Philosophy.
Masao Abe, Religion and Science in the Global Age.
David Hume, Of Miracles.
Richard Swinburne, Miracles.

11. ARE ALL RELIGIONS TRUE?

Introduction.
Raimundo Panikkar, Four Attitudes.
John Hick, Conflicting Truth Claims.
Arvind Sharma, Religious Pluralism and Advaita Vedanta.
Frithjof Schuon, The Transcendent Unity of Religions.
Gavin D'Costa, Whose Objectivity? Which Neutrality?
Purusottama Bilimoria, A Problem for Radical Pluralism.