Draft of OBO entry on Philosophy of Religion
June 20, 2009 — 15:56

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: Uncategorized  Comments: 10

A draft of my entry for Oxford Bibliographies Online can be found here. Comments and advice welcome and appreciated, and for that purpose it is worth reminding that the purpose of these is to be selective, attending to the most important issues and publications to help guide newcomers through the blithering array of material that shows up in a usual Google search.

  • Matthew Mullins

    Very nice Jon! Here are three suggestions, the first of which is the only one I’m confidant of.
    Type 1: Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology by Louis Pojman and Michael Rea
    Type 2: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion by Michael Murray and Michael Rea
    Freedom and Foreknowledge
    David Hunt “Simple Foreknowledge and Divine Providence.” Faith and Philosophy 10:3 (1993), 394-414.

    June 20, 2009 — 21:30
  • Anonymous

    I would love to see some resources for religious experience, e.g., Keith E. Yandell _The Epistemology of Religious Experience_.”
    Perhaps a section dealing with non-western religions, e.g., Bruce Reichenbach’s book on Karma, and Andrew Eshleman’s _Reading in Philosophy of Religion: East Meets West_.
    And I don’t remember, is there a section on Pluralism? If not, that would be good, too, e.g., Hick’s _An Interpretation of Religion_, Netland’s _Dissonant Voices_.
    And what about Religion and Politics, e.g., _Audi and Wolterstorff _Religion in the Public Square_.
    Last suggestion, I think Katherin Rogers book _Perfect Being Theology_ is a good addition.
    Sorry for the randomness. I was just throwing things out as they came to mind.

    June 21, 2009 — 0:26
  • Brian Lanier

    Very nice list!
    Just wanted to point out that you spelled Wolterstorff’s name as ‘Woltersdorff’ in a couple of places. Content wise, however, the list looks very good.

    June 21, 2009 — 2:21
  • Nathan King

    This looks very helpful! Apologies if I missed something, but I didn’t see any entries on religious diversity / disagreement. Perhaps the topic doesn’t require a separate category (e.g., it could be subsumed under religious epistemology). Some helpful resources are:
    1. Philip Quinn and Kevin Meeker, eds. The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity. New York, NY:
    Oxford UP, 2000.
    2. Senor, Thomas D., ed. The Rationality of Belief and the Plurality of Faith. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP,
    3. James Kraft and David Basinger, eds. Religious Tolerance through Humility. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008.
    There are also several important monographs on the topic, but these collections are a good place to start.

    June 21, 2009 — 8:19
  • Mark Murphy

    This does look great, Jon — this is a very helpful resource. Might I ask, though, why philosophy of religion is restricted here to metaphysics and epistemology? Think of, say, Adams in Finite and Infinite Goods, Hare in The Moral Gap, Wielenberg in Virtue and Value in a Godless Universe, that sort of thing.

    June 21, 2009 — 9:32
  • Russ Dumke

    Hello Jon,
    Took a quick look and noticed that you misspelled Ars Disputandi in the Journals section.

    June 21, 2009 — 17:38
  • I think you should include Paul Moser’s “Reorienting Religious Epistemology” in the epistemology of religion section. The blurb you gave for the book really says it all.

    June 22, 2009 — 0:27
  • Russ Dumke

    Jon, you should probably include Zygon in the journals list. There has been a lot of interesting discussion of science and religion there. Also worth considering, if perhaps not so mainstream, is the Journal of Consciousness Studies.

    June 24, 2009 — 18:14
  • Russ Dumke

    One last journal candidate worth mentioning is the Heythrop Journal.

    June 24, 2009 — 18:43
  • Justin

    I would like to suggest two more introductory textbooks:
    The Divine Attributes (Exploring the Philosophy of Religion)
    by Joshua Hoffman and Gary Sol Rosenkrantz
    The authors argue that, properly understood, the Anselmian concept of God is coherent, although certain attributes that some traditional theologians ascribe to God should be rejected. Although the authors’ discussion is focused on a narrow range of topics, I recommend this as a introductory text. It is very readable and challenging at the same time.
    The Philosophy of Religion: An Historical Introduction (Fundamentals of Philosophy)
    by Linda Zagzebski
    I’ve read many introductory textbooks on the philosophy of religion, but this one is among the most unique. As the title implies, Zagzebski discusses many of the standard arguments within their historical contexts, with helpful suggestions for further reading.
    I’d recommend both of these, since they’re useful beyond the introductory course as reference tools.

    June 24, 2009 — 22:06