By Michael J. Murray, Michael C. Rea
An advent to the Philosophy of Religion offers a extensive evaluate of the subjects that are on the leading edge of debate in modern philosophy of faith. well-liked perspectives and arguments from either historic and modern authors are mentioned and analyzed. The booklet treats the entire important themes 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, technological know-how and faith, and immortality. moreover it addresses themes of vital value that related books usually 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. it will likely be a precious accompaniment to undergraduate and introductory graduate-level classes.
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In addition to holding that God is the originating cause of the universe, theists have also traditionally held that God must sustain Attributes of God: independence, goodness, and power the universe in existence from moment to moment. Descartes, for example, gave a striking argument for this claim, arguing that since no instant of the universe contains within itself anything which would explain or guarantee its existence at the next moment of time, something else must guarantee this. And that thing, Descartes argued, is God.
The second reason is that if a free agent is positioned so that it can only choose among alternatives that are equivalent, free will seems to be robbed of much of its importance or gravity. One wouldn’t place much value on freedom that allows one to choose among, for example, 300 identical Campbell’s tomato soup cans. That seems fair enough. 7. 7 does not say that our morally significant freedom is disabled when all of our alternatives are utterly identical (which would be true), but rather when the alternatives are of the same moral quality (which is not at all clearly true).
It is for this reason that we have chosen to discuss God’s eternity, omniscience, and providence together in one chapter. Past, present, and future ‘‘Scientific people,’’ says the Time Traveler in H. G. ’’ In the story, this remark comes toward the end of a brief parlor lecture wherein the Time Traveler argues that reality is extended in four dimensions, not three, and that the so-called temporal dimension is not fundamentally different from the socalled spatial dimensions. The point of the lecture is to help prepare the Time Traveler’s friends for the unveiling of his grand invention: a machine that can travel backward and forward in time.