God: A brief philosophical introduction [Paperback]

 

God: A brief philosophical introduction [Paperback]


  by K.H.A. Esmail
University of Cambridge



Paperback | Price: $45 / €38 / £33
1st edition | Published on: March 2017
290pp |  236mm x 160mm
Series: Vernon Series in Philosophy
Subject(s): Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy
ISBN: 9781622732081

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Summary

This is a clear and original investigation of God's nature and existence.


First of all, it considers (among other things) two of God’s traditional properties: being all-knowing and being all-powerful. It argues he cannot possess these properties. But, it argues this is in accord with him being worthy of worship.

Secondly, it introduces the notion of evil being “overridden”. It argues he has to bring about other free living things and it is plausible they have to be liable to experience evil due to their conditions. But, it argues the evil in this world is “overridden”.

Thirdly, it considers the principal arguments for the claim he does not exist. (They refer to the evil in the world.) It argues they do not establish sufficient grounds for this claim.

Finally, it considers some well-known arguments for the claim he exists. It argues they face difficulties. It sets out other arguments.


It covers as a whole the principal parts of the Philosophy of Religion.

It unifies these parts to a significant degree. It proceeds regularly by way of formal and clear arguments. These arguments are frequently original.

It will be of interest to advanced students and specialists in Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology.

Given its explanation of key terms, its jargon-free language, its clarity and brevity.... , it will be of interest to others, too.


Author biography

Karim Esmail, BA, MPhil, MPhil, PhD. Educated at Oxford, Cambridge, London, & Harvard. Awarded a British Academy Studentship. Awarded the Gregg Bury Prize, Cambridge. Formerly, Research Fellow, Oxford and Visiting Fellow, Harvard and Burney Student, Cambridge. Currently, he is a Course Director and Tutor (Philosophy & Religious Studies), Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.

Table of contents

CONTENTS


Introduction


1. The Nature of God

Introduction

An all-knowing or omniscient thing and God’s knowledge

An all-powerful or omnipotent thing and God’s power



2. Evil being overridden & God bringing about a particular kind of universe

Evil states of affairs and an evil state of affairs being overridden

God bringing about a particular kind of universe

God bringing about a particular kind of universe and evil being overridden in it

An observation on God bringing about this particular kind of universe and a moral theory


3. The Existence of God

Are there sufficient grounds for the claim that God does not exist?

God and Evil

The principal arguments for the claim that God does not exist

Alvin Plantinga’s response in The Nature of Necessity

Another response


4. The Existence of God

Are there sufficient grounds for the claim that God exists?

Some Ontological arguments Anselm

Some Design arguments

Some Cosmological arguments

An argument from the religious experience of God

Main Conclusions

Select Bibliography

Index




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