Chapter 1 Tools for the Job
1. Studying philosophy
2. Philosophy of religion
3. Philosophical arguments
Chapter 2 The nature of God
3. The key attributes of God
4. Are the attributes self-consistent?
5. Are the attributes consistent with one another?
6. Recent developments
Chapter 3 The existence of God - 1
1. The classic arguments for the existence of God
2. The ontological argument
3. Supporters of the ontological argument
4. Criticisms of the ontological argument
Chapter 4 The existence of God 2 - the cosmological argument
1. The cosmological argument
2. Criticisms of Aquinas' arguments
3. Other forms of the cosmological argument
Chapter 5 The existence of God - 3: the teleological argument
2. The argument from design
3. The argument to design
4. Hume's criticisms
5. Further criticisms
Chapter 6 The existence of God - 4: the moral argument
1. The moral argument
2. Kant's arguments
Chapter 7 The existence of God - 5: the religious experience argument
1. The religious experience argument
2. Differences between 'religious' and 'ordinary' experiences
3. Types of religious experience
4. Is a religious experience authentic?
Chapter 8 Miracles
1. What is a miracle?
2. Is it reasonable to believe in miracles?
3. Modern supporters
4. What might miracles prove?
Chapter 9 The value of theistic proofs
1. Cumulative arguments
Chapter 10 Faith and reason
2. Belief-that and belief- in
3. Belief and evidence
5. Faith and reason
6. Pascal's wager
Chapter 11 The problem of evil
1. The problem stated
2. Some possible approaches
3. The two classical theodicies
Chapter 12 The mind and body problem
1. Mind and body?
4. Personal identity
Chapter 13 Life after death
1. The philosophical problems of life after death
2. The evidence for life after death
Chapter 14 Religious language
1. God talk
2. Empiricism and the Vienna Circle
3. Symbolic language
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