Item description for Philosophy of Religion Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions the Big Questions by Eleanore Stump & Michael J. Murray...
This text contains a collection of readings treating both classical and contemporary issues in philosophy of religion. In addition to topics such as arguments for God's existence, the problem of evil, and divine attributes, it contains articles on divine hiddenness, the nature of revelation, and the doctrine of hell. The text includes a special section devoted to multi-cultural perspectives on contemporary philosophy of religion.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.93" Width: 6.94" Height: 1.61" Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 19, 1999
ISBN 0631206035 ISBN13 9780631206033
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More About Eleanore Stump & Michael J. Murray
Eleanore Stump, Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at St. Louis University has published widely in the areas of Medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion, and metaphysics. She is also the current president of the Society of Christian Philosophers.
Michael Murray, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College, works primarily in contemporary philosophy of religion and in early modern philosophy. He is currently a fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Eleanore Stump has an academic affiliation as follows - St. Louis University.
Eleanore Stump has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions (Philosophy: The Big Questions)?
Excellent Collection of Essays Jun 10, 2005
Philosophy of Religion: the Big Questions edited by Stump and Murray provides a collection of essays discussing a range of important questions pertaining to the philosophy of religion. The book examines issues such as the problem of evil, the hiddeness of God and the nature of God.
In general, I found the selection of essays to be well balanced and illuminating. The selections are successful in providing a brief but well-rounded discussion of the key issues. In particular the essays by Alvin Plantinga were outstanding. This book makes an excellent introduction to this field of study. My only criticism is that a couple of the selections could have been stronger. First, the essays by Swinburne are rather weak - there are better available. Second, the piece refuting the cosmological argument by Rowe is interesting, but a bit dated and begs a response in light of the tremendous amount of discussion that has occurred in this area of late. I think most folks who are familiar with this argument would agree that something from Bill Craig would be appropriate. This might have been a space issue, however,I sense Craig may have been excluded because of his association with US evangelicals - not a politically correct group in contemporary academia.
Overall this is the best anthology within the field of philosophy of religion that I have come across. I Highly recommend it to all readers interested in Philosophy of religion regardless of their subject matter knowledge.
Very Broad and Systematic in its Contents Aug 10, 2000
This book is a wonderful reference work/text on the Philosophy of Religion. It is edited by Eleonore Stump and Michael J. Murray. The text is broad in several ways. First, there are works represented from Medieval philosophers to Modern philosophers. Second, the work consists of seven parts, each part dealing with a particular issue, and within each part philosopher's works from many varying centuries are represented. Furthermore, there are articles which have appeared in the recent (last fifty years) philosophy journals. This makes for a very broad area of study. The seven parts include the nature of God, the existence of God, evil, Religious belief and its relation to reason, making sense of religious practices and doctrines, morality, and religious pluralism, gender, and ethnic diversity. Some of the authors works that have been included are Aquinas, Hasker, Rowe, Plantinga, van Inwagen, Hume, Hick, Stump, Al-Ghazali, Swinburne, McCord Adams, Pascal, Draper, Anselm, Kretzmann, Wolterstorff, etc. This is a great modern reference work and I have referred to it many times in my own studies. If you are wanting a great collection of twentieth century philosopher's works then this book is for you since it places an emphasis on such things and yet still includes works from centuries past.