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Christian Theism and the Problems of Philosophy

Michael D. Beaty

Alvin Plantinga has done much to stimulate the resurgence of interest in the philosophy of religion. This collection of essays is written in response to his seminal paper Advice to Christian Philosophers, in which he issues a powerful, and inevitably controversial, challenge to religious philosophers to serve their own religious communities more faithfully. Plantinga advises Christian philosophers to expend more effort on issues of importance to the particular, concrete Christian communities of which they are members. In addition he urges them to use their distinctively theistic and Christian perspectives in working in the many traditional areas of philosophy, a task on which the present volume focuses.

Christian Theism and the Problems of Philosophy begins by presenting Plantingas essay, and the chapters that follow address issues in three traditional areas of interest to philosophers: epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. The first section Epistemology and Theism contains essays by Alvin Plantinga, Jonathan Kvanvig, Richard Otte, and Stephen Wykstra. The next section Metaphysics and Theism has essays by Linda Zagzebski, Del Ratzsch, Christopher Menzel, Charles Taliaferro, and Eleonore Stump. The final group, including Philip L. Quinn, William P. Alston, Scott MacDonald, and Carlton D. Fisher, addresses the subject of Moral Theory and Theism.

While certainly intended for Christian philosophers, other instructors and students of philosophy will be interested as well because the book discusses several traditional philosophical issues in innovative ways, such as the nature of justification, the nature of probability, scientific rationality, religious rationality, the logic of counterfactuals, free will and moral responsibility, among others.

Book Details

  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publish Date: Aug 1st, 1990
  • Pages: 390
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.06in - 5.87in - 0.83in - 1.14lb
  • EAN: 9780268007812
  • Categories: History & Surveys - GeneralPhilosophyTheism

About the Author

Beaty, Michael D.: -

Michael D. Beaty is Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. He has published a number of articles on the philosophy of religion.

Praise for this book

"Christian Theism and the Problems of Philosophy is an excellent collection and should enjoy wide readership; it is not a book only for persons interested in philosophy of religion. Its essays are of uniformly high quality, some making genuinely significant contributions to their respective areas of concern. Individual sections would supplement nicely courses in epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. The entire volume would be ideal for a study in philosophical methodology or an advanced topic in the philosophy of religion." --Teaching Philosophy