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Number of Pages: 752
Publication Date: 2009
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- Provides in-depth and cutting-edge treatment of natural theology's main arguments
- Includes contributions from first-rate philosophers well known for their work on the relevant topics
- Updates relevant arguments in light of the most current, state-of-the-art philosophical and scientific discussions
- Stands in useful contrast and opposition to the arguments of the 'new atheists'
J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He has authored, edited, or contributed to thirty books and authored over 100 articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology.
"If natural theology is overdue for a comeback, this work will help it on its way, and, for skeptical readers, there is much here to go on thinking about for months to come (making it a good catalyst for intelligent debate)." (Reference Reviews, February 2010)
"All of these essays show sophistication and deserve wide attention. Common objections to the theistic arguments are considered and logical proofs are helpfully provided when appropriate." (Religious Studies Review, June 2010)
"Laudable and timely." (Church Times, January 2010)
Devin Tarr5 Stars Out Of 5Best Defense of Theism yet assembled.October 11, 2012Devin TarrQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I had written a long and in-depth review...and accidentally clicked off the screen--losing it all. My apologies for not re-typing it. It was extensive.
To summarize, this is an advanced book in the Philosophy of Religion and Apologetics. It's not meant to be an introduction to arguments for the existence of God, but a scholarly defense of those arguments. As such, much of the language and concepts can be quite technical.
It features 11 essays, spanning roughly 50 - 100 pages each. The first essay outlines the project of natural theology, namely that it entails philosophical reflection on the existence and nature of God without calling upon scripture or revelation.
The next 10 essays each put forward an argument for the existence of God, being written by one of its foremost defenders today. The arguments include Gottfried Leibniz's Cosmological Argument (a.k.a. the Contingency Argument), the Kalam Cosmological argument (arguing that the beginning of the universe points to an transcendent personal Creator), the Teleological argument (arguing that the Fine-Tuning of the universe points to an Intelligent Designer of the Cosmos), the Argument from Consciousness, the Argument from Reason, the Moral Argument, the Argument from Evil, the Argument from Religious Experience, the Ontological Argument, and the Argument from Miracles--based on Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead.
For those unfamiliar with these arguments, I highly recommend beginning with a more introductory book such as "On Guard" by William Lane Craig, or any of the books by Lee Strobel. For those who are somewhat familiar with philosophy and apologetics, but want to go deeper, I recommend reading William Lane Craig's "Reasonable Faith, 3rd ed.", and for those who would like to go as deep as possible, delving into a technical treatment of these arguments, purchase the Blackwell Companion. This book represents the cutting edge of Philosophy of Religion today, and being someone familiar with the arguments for and against the existence of God, this book represents the immense rationality and coherence of the Theistic (and more specifically, Christian) worldview.
I hope this helps. I've been enjoying it thoroughly, but it's still quite difficult for me at parts, and I'm very familiar with apologetics and earned my minor in Philosophy.