Philosophy of Religion

Selected Readings
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Table of Contents

I. The Nature and Attributes of God
Necessary Being
The Divine Nature Exists through Itself, from Monologium , St. Anselm
God's Nature Cannot Be Separated from His Existence, from Summa Theologica , St. Thomas Aquinas
Divine Necessity , Robert M. Adams
Can God's Existence Be Disproved? , J. N. Findlay
Divine Foreknowledge and Freedom of the Will, from The Consolation of Philosophy , Boethius
The Knowledge of God, from Summa Theologica , St. Thomas Aquinas
Divine Omniscience and Voluntary Action , Nelson Pike
The Omnipotence of God, from Summa Theologica , St. Thomas Aquinas
Can God Do Evil?, from A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God , Samuel Clarke
Omnipotence , P. T. Geach
The Metaphysical Attributes
God Is Timeless, Immutable, and Impassible, from Proslogium and Monologium , St. Anselm
The Simplicity and Immutability of God, from Summa Theologica , St. Thomas Aquinas
The Divine Relativity, from The Divine Relativity , Charles Hartshorne
II. Arguments for the Existence of God
The Ontological Argument
The Ontological Argument, from Proslogium , St. Anselm
The Perfect Island Objection , Gaunilo
Reply to Gaunilo , At. Anselm
The Supremely Perfect Being Must Exist, from Meditations on First Philosophy , Rene Descartes
Of the Impollibility of an Ontological Proof, from The Critique of Pure Reason , Immanuel Kant
A Modal Version of the Ontological Argument, from God, Freedom and Evil , Alvin Plantinga
The Cosmological Argument
The Existence of God and the Beginning of the World, from Summa Theologica , St. Thomas Aquinas
Infinite Causal Regression , Patterson Brown
The Cosmological Argument, from Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God , Samuel Clarke
Some Objections to the Cosmological Argument, from Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion , David Hume
Two Criticisms of the Cosmological Argument , William L. Rowe
The Teleological Argument
The Evidence of Design, from Natural Theology , William Paley
Design and the Teleological Argument, from Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion , David Hume
The Wider Teleological Argument, from Metaphysics , Peter Van Inwagen
The Moral Argument
The Moral Argument, from Kant's Critique of Practical Reason and Other Works , Immanuel Kant
Kant on the Moral Argument, from The Miracle of Theism , J. L. Mackie
Religion and the Queerness of Mortality , George I. Mavrodes
III. The Problem of Evil
The Argument Reduced to Syllogistic Form, from Theodicy , Gottfried Leibniz
God and the Problem of Evil, from Dialogs Concerning Natural Religion , David Hume
Rebellion, from The Brothers Karamazov , Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism , William L. Rowe
The "Soul-Making" Theodicy, from Evil and the God of Love , John Hick
The Free Will Defense, from God, Freedom, and Evil , Alvin Plantinga
IV. Objections to Traditional Theism
Wittgenstein and Fideism
Religious Belief, from Lectures and Conversations , Ludwig Wittgenstein
Philosophy, Theology and the Reality of God , D. Z. Phillips
A Critique of Wittgensteinian Fideism, from The Autonomy of Religious Belief , Kai Nielsen
Religious Pluralism
The Pluralistic Hypotheses, from An Interpretation of Religion , John Hick
A Religious Theory of Religion , Peter Byrne
Worldviews, Criteria and Epistemic Circularity , William J. Wainwright
V. Mysticism and Religious Experience
The Nature and Types of Religious and Mystical Experience
The Nature of Mysticism, from The Teachings of the Mystics , Walter Stace
Nature Mysticism, Soul Mysticism and Theistic Mysticism, from Mysticism: Sacred and Profane , R. C. Zaehner
Numinous Experience and Mystical Experience, from A Dialog of Religion , Ninian Smart
The Cognitive Status of Religious and Mystical Experience
The Appeal to Religious Experience, from Religion, Philosophy and Psychical Research , C. D. Broad
The Cognitive Status of Mystical Experience, from Mysticism: A Study of its Nature, Cognitive Value, and Moral Implications , William J. Wainwright
Is Religious Belief Rational?" , William P. Alston
VI. Faith and Miracles
Faith and the Need for Evidence
Reason and Revelation, from On the Truth of the Catholic Faith , St. Thomas Aquinas
The Wager, from Pensees , Blaise Pascal
The Logic of Pascal's Wager , Ian Hacking
The Ethics of Belief, from Lectures and Essays , W. K. Clifford
The Will to Believe, from The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy , William James
Is Belief in God Properly Basic? , Alvin Plantinga
Toward a Sensible Evidentialism: On the Notion of "Needing Evidence" , Stephen J. Wykstra
Of Miracles, from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding , David Hume
Miracles , R. G. Swinburne
Revelation and Miracle, from Systematic Theology , Paul Tillich
VII. Death and Immortality
The Soul , Anthony Quinton
The Problem of Life After Death , H. H. Price
A Future State, from A Discourse Concerning the Unalterable Obligations of Natural Religion, and the Truth and Certainty of the Christian Revelation , Samuel Clarke
Doubts About Immortality, from Two Essays on Suicide and Immortality , David Hume
The Dependency Argument, from Some Dogmas of Religion , J. M. E. McTaggart