Philosophy of Religion: Toward a Global Perspective

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This anthology on philosophy of religion is unique in that it reflects the multicultural and global realities of religious pluralism. In addition to readings dealing with Judeo Christianity, Kessler includes Native American, African, Hindu, Islamic, Confucian, and Taoist thought. Feminist, African-American, atheist, and Latin American viewpoints are also included.

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Gary E. Kessler received his Ph.D. from Columbia University where he studied philosophy and comparative religions. After teaching at Bard College, he accepted a position at California State University, Bakersfield where he taught for over thirty years. His most recent research centers on religion and violence. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including VOICES OF WISDOM, which, when first published in 1992, was the first multicultural textbook and reader intended for use in an introductory philosophy class.

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Preface. Introduction: What Is Philosophy of Religion? 1. What is Religion? 2. Diverse Views of Ultimate Reality. 3. Can We Prove that Some Kind of Ultimate Reality Exists? 4. Religious Experience: What Is It and What Does It Prove? 5. Why Do Suffering and Evil Occur? 6. How Are Religion and Morality Related? 7. Are We Immortal? 8. What Is the Meaning of Religious Language? 9. Do Faith and Reason Conflict? 10. Humanism, Science, And Miracles. 11. Are All Religions True?

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