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Preface General Introduction Advice on Reading PART I. PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS BELIEF Introduction 1: Thomas Aquinas: Faith and Reason in Harmony 2: W.K. Clifford: The Ethics of Belief 3: Antony Flew: The Presumption of Atheism 4: Alvin Plantinga: Religious Belief as 'Properly Basic' 5: Norman Kretzmann: Evidence and Religious Belief 6: D.Z. Phillips: Grammar and Religious Belief 7: Norman Malcolm: The Groundlessness of Religious Belief Questions for Discussion Advice on Further Reading PART II. THE PROBLEM OF GOD-TALK Introduction 8: Augustine of Hippo: How Believers Find God-Talk Puzzling 9: A.J. Ayer: God-Talk is Evidently Nonsense 10: Richard Swinburne: God-Talk is Not Evidently Nonsense 11: Antony Flew: 'Death by a Thousand Qualifications' 12: Thomas Aquinas: One Way of Understanding God-Talk Questions for Discussion Advice on Reading PART III. ARGUMENTS FOR GOD'S EXISTENCE Introduction Advice on Reading Cosmological Arguments Introduction 13: Anselm of Canterbury: A Concise Cosmological Argument from the Eleventh Century 14: Thomas Aquinas: A Thirteenth Century Cosmological Argument 15: John Duns Scotus: A Fourteenth-Century Cosmological Argument 16: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: A Seventeenth-Century Cosmological Argument 17: Herbert McCabe: A Modern Cosmological Argument 18: Paul Edwards: Objections to Cosmological Arguments 19: J.L. Mackie: More Objections to Cosmological Arguments 20: David Hume: Why is a Cause Always Necessary? 21: G.E.M. Anscombe: 'Whatever Has a Beginning of Existence Must Have a Cause' 22: James A. Sadowsky: Can there be an Endless Regress of Causes? Questions for Discussion Advice on Further Reading Design Arguments23: Thomas Aquinas: Introduction Introduction 29: Anselm of Canterbury: Anselm Argues That God Cannot Be Thought Not To Exist 30: Gaunilo of Marmoutiers: Gaunilo Argues that Anselm is Wrong 31: Anselm of Canterbury: Anselm Replies to Gaunilo 32: Rene Descartes: Descartes Defends An Ontological Argument 33: Pierre Gassendi, Johannes Caterus, Rene Descartes: Descartes Replies to Critics 34: Immanuel Kant: A Classic Repudiation of Ontological Arguments 35: Alvin Plantinga: A Contemporary Defence of Ontological Arguments Questions for Discussion Advice on Reading God and Human Experience Introduction 36: C.B. Martin: Why 'Knowing God by Experience' is a Notion Open to Question 37: Peter Donovan: Can We Know God by Experience? 38: William P. Alston: Why Should There Not Be Experience of God? Questions for Discussion Advice on Reading PART IV. WHAT IS GOD? Introduction Advice on Further Reading Omnipotent Introduction 39: Thomas V. Morris: A Modern Discussion of Divine Omnipotence 40: Thomas Aquinas: Why Think of God as Omnipotent? 41: Richard Swinburne: Miracles and Laws of Nature 42: David Hume: Why We Should Disbelieve in Miracles Questions for Discussion Advice on Reading Knowing Introduction 43: Thomas Aquinas: Why Ascribe Knowledge to God? 44: Boethius: Omniscience and Human Freedom: a Classic Discussion 45: Nelson Pike: Problems for the Notion of Divine Omniscience Questions for Discussion Advice on Further Reading Eternal Introduction 46: Thomas Aquinas: Why Call God 'Eternal'? 47: Nicholas Wolterstorff: God is 'Everlasting', not 'Eternal' 48: Eleonore Stump and Norman Kretzmann: A Modern Defence of Divine Eternity 49. A Different Modern Defence of Divine Eternity: Paul Helm: Questions for Discussion Advice on Reading Simple Introduction 50: Thomas Aquinas: A Classic Defence of Divine Simplicity 51: Thomas V. Morris: Problems with Divine Simplicity 52: Brian Davies: A Modern Defence of Divine Simplicity Questions for Discussion Advice on Further Reading Part V. THE PROBLEM OF EVIL Introduction 53: J.L. Mackie: Evil Shows that there is no God 54: Augustine of Hippo: What is Evil? 55: Richard Swinburne: Evil Does Not Show That There Is No God 56: Herbert McCabe: God, Evil, and Divine Responsibility 57: Thomas Aquinas: God and Human Freedom Questions for Discussion Advice on Reading Part VI. MORALITY AND RELIGION Introduction 58: Immanuel Kant: God as a 'Postulate' of Sound Moral Thinking 59: H.P. Owen: Why Morality Implies the Existence of God 60: Illtyd Trethowan: Moral Thinking as Awareness of God 61: Kai Nielsen: Morality does not Imply the Existence of God Questions for Discussion Advice on Further Reading Part VII. PEOPLE AND LIFE AFTER DEATH Introduction 62: Stephen T. Davis: Philosophy and Life After Death: The Questions and the Options 63: Plato: Life After Death: An Ancient Greek View 64: Bertrand Russell: Belief in Life After Death Comes from Emotion, not Reason 65: Peter Geach: What Must be True of Me If I Survive My Death? Questions for Discussion Advice on Further Reading Index

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Professor Brian Davies is Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University, New York. He is a Catholic Priest and Dominican Friar and General Editor of the series 'Outstanding Christian Thinkers' published by Geoffrey Chapman, London and 'Medieval Minds' published by Oxford University Press. His many articles on Philosophy of Religion and Theology are widely published and he has contributed to several published titles.


"Comprehensive, representative, good guidance and advice", Dr Andrew Dawson, Chester College "The selection of articles is exceptionally good for an introductory course in the subject. The questions are also useful for discussion in class and writing projects", Dr Victoria S Harrison, Birkbeck College

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