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Chapter 1 Tools for the Job 1. Studying philosophy 2. Philosophy of religion 3. Philosophical arguments Study Guide Chapter 2 The nature of God 1. Introduction 2. Terminology 3. The key attributes of God 4. Are the attributes self-consistent? 5. Are the attributes consistent with one another? 6. Recent developments Study Guide Chapter 3 The existence of God - 1 1. The classic arguments for the existence of God 2. The ontological argument 3. Supporters of the ontological argument 4. Criticisms of the ontological argument Study Guide Chapter 4 The existence of God 2 - the cosmological argument 1. The cosmological argument 2. Criticisms of Aquinas' arguments 3. Other forms of the cosmological argument 4. Conclusions Study Guide Chapter 5 The existence of God - 3: the teleological argument 1. Introduction 2. The argument from design 3. The argument to design 4. Hume's criticisms 5. Further criticisms 6. Conclusions Study Guide Chapter 6 The existence of God - 4: the moral argument 1. The moral argument 2. Kant's arguments Study Guide Chapter 7 The existence of God - 5: the religious experience argument 1. The religious experience argument 2. Differences between 'religious' and 'ordinary' experiences 3. Types of religious experience 4. Is a religious experience authentic? Study Guide Chapter 8 Miracles 1. What is a miracle? 2. Is it reasonable to believe in miracles? 3. Modern supporters 4. What might miracles prove? Study Guide Chapter 9 The value of theistic proofs 1. Cumulative arguments 2. Criticisms Study Guide Chapter 10 Faith and reason 1. Belief 2. Belief-that and belief- in 3. Belief and evidence 4. Faith 5. Faith and reason 6. Pascal's wager Study Guide Chapter 11 The problem of evil 1. The problem stated 2. Some possible approaches 3. The two classical theodicies Study Guide Chapter 12 The mind and body problem 1. Mind and body? 2. Dualism 3. Materialism 4. Personal identity Study Guide Chapter 13 Life after death 1. The philosophical problems of life after death 2. The evidence for life after death Study Guide Chapter 14 Religious language 1. God talk 2. Empiricism and the Vienna Circle 3. Symbolic language Study Guide Bibliography Further Reading Timeline of Philosophers Glossary Index

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The third edition of this popular title complete with new accessible design, revised content and revision aids to allow all AS and A level students develop the knowledge and understanding needed for exam success.

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Peter Cole is an experienced author, teacher and examiner.

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A helpful introductory textbook, dealing concisely with the key ideas and arguments required for A level RS. * RE Today *

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