An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Cambridge by Michael J. Murray, Michael C. Rea

By Michael J. Murray, Michael C. Rea

An creation to the Philosophy of Religion presents a wide evaluation of the themes that are on the leading edge of debate in modern philosophy of faith. fashionable perspectives and arguments from either historic and modern authors are mentioned and analyzed. The ebook treats all the imperative issues within the box, together with the coherence of the divine attributes, theistic and atheistic arguments, religion and cause, faith and ethics, miracles, human freedom and divine windfall, technology and faith, and immortality. furthermore it addresses issues of vital significance that related books frequently forget about, together with the argument for atheism from hiddenness, the coherence of the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation, and the connection among faith and politics. will probably be a necessary accompaniment to undergraduate and introductory graduate-level classes.

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Rowe, William, Can God Be Free? (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2004). Swinburne, Richard, The Coherence of Theism revised edn. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993). Weirenga, Edward, The Nature of God (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 1989). 2 Attributes of God: eternity, knowledge, and providence Many take comfort in the thought that God knows, down to the smallest detail, everything that the future holds. Nothing takes God by surprise. So we can be assured that whatever happens was foreseen by him and has a role to play in his sovereign, perfect plan.

Thus, it looks as if there are some logically possible states of affairs that even an omnipotent being cannot bring about. Maximal power and divine goodness If one is convinced by the example involving Sally, then what it shows us is that putting omnipotence in terms of the number or types of things the omnipotent being can do or bring about is not the most promising strategy for defining omnipotence. To remedy this, we might try characterizing it in terms of the maximal amount of power that a possible being could have.

To see how, consider another example raised by the HowardSnyders, the case of Thor. Thor, seeing the outcomes of Jove and Juno’s randomizing machine, decides to try a different strategy. Thor decides that if one is going to create, getting stuck with worlds numbered less than 1,000, as they did, is a pretty lousy outcome. As a result, he resolves to use the randomizing machine, but he modifies it so that it can only select worlds with numbers greater than 1,000. Thor activates his modified machine and it selects world 3,016.

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