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By Michael J. Murray, Michael C. Rea

An advent to the Philosophy of Religion presents a vast evaluate of the subjects that are on the vanguard of debate in modern philosophy of faith. favourite perspectives and arguments from either old and modern authors are mentioned and analyzed. The publication treats all the vital subject matters 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, technology and faith, and immortality. additionally it addresses subject matters of important value that comparable 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 is going to be a helpful accompaniment to undergraduate and introductory graduate-level classes.

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However, 17 18 An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion one might think that even this more cautious definition will not do. In 1912 the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. While this event really happened, it was possible for it not to happen. Had the iceberg not been where it was, had the captain steered a different course, had the hull been a little thicker, the ship would have avoided its tragic fate. So, the ‘‘Titanic never sank’’ is logically possible.

Since our world exists, either it is the best world, or it is one among other worlds that are tied for best. 7. To have morally significant freedom, one must be able to choose among alternatives of differing moral quality. 8. If our world is best, God could not refrain from creating it and is thus not free in creating it. 9. If our world is tied for best, God could not choose among worlds of differing moral quality and thus would lack morally significant freedom in creating. 10. Thus God lacked morally significant freedom in creating.

Thus, it is hard to see how to make sense of temporal passage. Another problem is what philosophers sometimes refer to as the ‘‘grounding’’ problem: if there are no past or future things, it is hard to see what grounds or explains the truth of particular claims about the past. Intuitively, present-tense truths are made true by presently occurring events. What makes it true that you are reading right now, for example, is just the occurrence of a particular event – the event of your reading. But what makes it true, Attributes of God: eternity, knowledge, and providence say, that Fred ate apples for breakfast yesterday?

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