Titel: Belief in God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Autor/en: T. J. Mawson
OXFORD UNIV PR
August 2005 - gebunden - 288 Seiten
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.
Introduction; THE CONCEPT OF GOD; 1. Personhood, Transcendence, Immmanence; 2. Omnipotence, Omniscience, Eternality; 3. Perfect Freedom, Perfect Goodness, Necessity; 4. Creator of the World, Creator of Value; 5. Revealer, Offerer of Everlasting Life; THE EXISTENCE OF GOD; 6. Arguing For and Against the Existence of God; 7. The Ontological Argument; 8. The Argument to Design; 9. The Cosmological Argument; 10. The Argument from Religious Experience; 11. The Argument from Reports of Apparent Miracles; 12. The Problem of Evil; FAITH; Conclusion
Anyone working in the analytical tradition of philosophy of religion, at any level, would find something of interest in the book: both as teaching material (I know from experience how much students enjoy some of the experiments), and as a contribution in its own right. Philosophy Mawson addresses his imagined reader in a witty and intimate style, regaling us with hilarious anecdotes - featuring butlers, straight bananas, space-ships and complaints about the government - which do double-service as philosophically probing thought experiments...the great virtue of the book is that is does not simply introduce students to the main lines of argument and critique (although that it does), but it encourages the reader to think, by showing how a philosopher might approach an issue, with an interest not so much in the literature about it, but in the questions of truth that the literature is about. Also admirable is the way in which Mawson advances an original position, so making it of wider interest to the more advanced reader. Christopher Insole, Philosophy a lively and engaging introduction to the philosophy of religion...makes some significant contributions to contemporary debates in the subject, and which will provide a great deal of discussion among those working in this field ... his style is contagiously enthusiastic ... Mawson has presented a provocative and stimulating argument concerning the nature and existence of God Brian Clack, Ars Disputandi The conversational and relaxed style, as of a good undergraduate supervision, full of lively illustrations in the form of little parables, appeals. But the discussion moves to a higher level than the commendation suggests, and T.J. Mawson voices interesting and provocative thoughts. TLS