The Handbook of Philosophy and Religion is a one-volume examination of the most salient concepts that sit at the intersection of religion and philosophy. This book grounds readers in the mysteries that have evoked wonder and consternation for millennia, such as the nature of divinity in relation to humanity, the legitimacy of religious experience and how we frame language to speak about it, the possibility of miraculous occurrences, and theories regarding life after death.
Mark A. Lamport is a graduate professor at schools in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Virginia, Belgium, Portugal, and The Netherlands. He is editor, coeditor, and author of ten multi-volume reference books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Christianity in the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022).
Foreword, Michael L. Peterson, Asbury Theological Seminary
Introduction, Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College
Snapshot: A Concise History of Philosophy and Religion, Carrie Peffley, Bethel University
Scrutiny: A Postmodern Take on Religion, Mystery, and Meaning, Robert O’Connor, Wheaton College
Part I: Proving God
1. Cosmological Arguments, Joshua Rasmussen, Azusa Pacific University
2. Ontological Arguments: Anselm and Gaunilo, Byard Bennett, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
3. Teleological Arguments, Paul Gould, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
4. Moral Argument, David Baggett, Liberty University
5. Evidentialism and Theistic Pragmatic Arguments, Jeffrey J. Jordan, University of Delaware
Part II: Describing God
6. Attributes of God, Overview, Peter Weigel, Washington College
7. Divine Simplicity, Rebekah L. H. Rice, Seattle Pacific University
8. Perfect and Worthy of Worship, Jacobus Erasmus, North-West University
9. Foreknowledge and Predestination, Kirk R. MacGregor, McPherson College
10. Process Theism and the Openness of God, William Hasker, Huntington University
Part III: Deducing God
11. Religious Language, Sameer Yadav, Westmont College
12. Faith and Reason, Elizabeth Jackson, Ryerson University
13. Science and Religion, Mikael Stenmark, Uppsala University
14. Scriptural Authority: South Asian Perspectives, Vincent Eltschinger, University of Sorbonne
15. Social Evolution of Religion, Adam Green, Azusa Pacific University
Part IV: Perplexing God
16. Theodicy and the Problem of Evil, James Henry Collin, University of Edinburgh
17. Divine Responsibility, Ian DeWeese-Boyd, Gordon College
18. Hiddenness of God, Charity Anderson, Baylor University
19. Divine Impassibility, Ryan Mullins, University of St. Andrews
Part V: Encountering God
20. Miracles, Stewart Goetz, Ursinus College
21. Mystical Experiences, James Taylor, Westmont College
22. Morality, Steve Sherman, Grand Canyon University
23. Diversity and Pluralism, Philip A. Gottschalk, Zaporizhzhya Bible Seminary
24. Afterlife, Ray VanArragon, Bethel University
Case Study Reflective Essays
Why I Am Agnostic, Robin Le Poidevin, University of Leeds
Why I am Atheist, David Kyle Johnson, King’s College
Why I am Buddhist, Tom J.F. Tillemans, University of Lausanne
Why I am Christian, Kyla Ebels-Duggan, Northwestern University
Why I am Jewish, Jerome Gellman, Ben-Gurian University of the Negev
Why I Am a Multiple Belonger, Sallie B. King, James Madison University and Georgetown University
Why I am Muslim, Yaser Mirdamadi, University of Edinburgh
Epilogue: Recent Developments in Philosophy of Religion and God in Postmodern Thought, Ronald T. Michener, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit
About the About the Editorial Advisory Board, Contributors, and Senior Editorial Consultant
Index of Names and Subject Matter
An excellent resource for students and researchers in Philosophy and Theology, covering both historical and contemporary discussions of arguments over the existence and nature of God, the epistemology of religion, science, religious language, religious diversity, and more. The editor and contributors inspire high confidence.
Philosophy of Religion has had a renaissance in recent decades. This excellent volume showcases a team of experts who lucidly present authoritative accounts of the main issues from a wide variety of perspectives in an accessible way.
A wonderful collection of chapters touching on virtually every major topic and issue at which philosophy and religion intersect. The contributors include some of the most important scholars writing in the philosophy of religion today. This volume will become the go-to resource for anyone who is looking for the most reliable guide to the field.
This handbook is an invaluable reference for those interested in contemporary development of philosophy of religion.
The essays in this book pulse with intellectual energy and are an invitation to discussion and debate about the deepest things and the greatest questions, always in a spirit of intellectual openness and respect.