On the Philosophy of Religion

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Thomson/Wadsworth, 2006 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 146 pages
Is there a God? Does God have a nature? Is it rational to believe in God? What is faith? Do mystical experiences warrant religious belief? Does the existence of evil prove that there is no God? If there is not God, is life meaningless? In ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION the distinguished philosopher Richard Gale takes up these and other perennial questions. Employing his characteristic wit and lively style, Gale leads students through the core issues in the philosophy of religion in a way that is philosophically rigorous, exciting, and accessible. THE WADSWORTH PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS SERIES (under the general editorship of Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University) presents readers with concise, timely, and insightful introductions to a variety of traditional and contemporary philosophical subjects. With this series, students of philosophy will be able to discover the richness of philosophical inquiry across a wide array of concepts, including hallmark philosophical themes and themes typically underrepresented in mainstream philosophy publishing. Written by a distinguished list of scholars who have garnered particular recognition for their excellence in teaching, this series presents the vast sweep of today's philosophical exploration in highly accessible and affordable volumes. These books will prove valuable to philosophy teachers and their students as well as to other readers who share a general interest in philosophy. Is there a God? Does God have a nature? Is it rational to believe in God? What is faith? Do mystical experiences warrant religious belief? Does the existence of evil prove that there is no God? If there is not God, is life meaningless? In ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION the distinguished philosopher Richard Gale takes up these and other perennial questions. Employing his characteristic wit and lively style, Gale leads students through the core issues in the philosophy of religion in a way that is philosophically rigorous, exciting, and accessible. THE WADSWORTH PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS SERIES (under the general editorship of Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University) presents readers with concise, timely, and insightful introductions to a variety of traditional and contemporary philosophical subjects. With this series, students of philosophy will be able to discover the richness of philosophical inquiry across a wide array of concepts, including hallmark philosophical themes and themes typically underrepresented in mainstream philosophy publishing. Written by a distinguished list of scholars who have garnered particular recognition for their excellence in teaching, this series presents the vast sweep of today's philosophical exploration in highly accessible and affordable volumes. These books will prove valuable to philosophy teachers and their students as well as to other readers who share a general interest in philosophy.

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Contents

EPISTEMIC JUSTIFICATIONS OF BELIEF
28
THE PROBLEM OF EVIL
70
NONEVIDENTIAL JUSTIFICATIONS OF BELIEF
112
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About the author (2006)

Richard M. Gale is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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