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Current Controversies in Philosophy of Religion

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Religion

Authors
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Year 03/05/2019
Pages 192
Version hardback
Readership level College/higher education
ISBN 9781138183469
Categories Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge, Ethics & moral philosophy, Philosophy of religion
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While orthodox religion by its very nature is conservative, philosophy at its best is inherently radical. It challenges authority, tradition, and the whole idea of "dogma." For this reason, philosophy of religion can be explosively controversial. It is bound to disturb those who peddle incontrovertible truth and fascinate those who seek spiritual truth and are willing to follow the argument wherever it leads. This volume is designed for such seekers. It brings together an international team of leading philosophers of religion to explore and debate radical new ideas about religion, God, and ultimate reality. Four related questions are addressed: How might religion make progress? Is life after death a real possibility? Must a perfect God be motivated by our well-being? What alternatives are there to traditional theism and materialist atheism? The book begins with a vision for the field of philosophy of religion and ends with a capstone chapter that touches on all of the topics debated in the other chapters. The addition of chapter overviews, annotated suggestions for further reading, and annotated guides to three additional controversies make it an ideal textbook in addition to being an important source for scholars and seekers of all kinds.

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Religion

Table of contents

Contents








Notes on Contributors





1 Philosophy of Religion: A Vision for the Field


Paul Draper





PART I: Future Progress in Religion





2 The Future of Religion: How Might Religion Make Progress?


J. L. Schellenberg





3 On Making Religious Progress


Robert McKim





Suggestions for further reading





PART II: Life After Death





4 Is Hope for Another Life Rational?


Mark Johnston





5 Jewels in the Ontological Trash Heap: Mark Johnston's Metaphysics of Persons


Dean Zimmerman





Suggestions for further reading





PART III: Divine Motivation and the Problem of Evil





6 Is an Absolutely Perfect Being Morally Perfect?


Mark C. Murphy





7 The Practical Life of God


Laura W. Ekstrom





Suggestions for further reading





PART IV: Alternative Concepts of God





8 Alternatives to Benevolent Theism: Ananthropocentric Theism and Axiarchism


Tim Mulgan





9 Between Orthodox Theism and Materialist Atheism


Fiona Ellis





10 Panpsychotheism


Paul Draper





Suggestions for further reading





Supplemental Guide to Further Controversies





Index








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