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In May 1998, a distinguished group of philosophers met in Munich to discuss the rationality of theism. This volume is a collection of the papers read at that conference. While in recent years the rationality of theistic belief has been widely discussed, the Munich conference was an event of some moment in the history of philosophical dialogue: for the first time German- and English-speaking philosophers of religion, representatives of both the Continental and the Anglo-Saxon traditions, joined together to grapple with a common philosophical theme. This multiplicity of perspectives brought a unique richness to the analysis of rationality that no one tradition by itself could provide. Readers will find that richness displayed in the pages of this book. Professional philosophers will find here a great deal to stimulate and challenge them; but graduate students, capable undergraduates, and all others with a serious interest in the philosophy of religion will be well rewarded for their efforts to come to grips with these thought-provoking papers.
Preface. The Rationality of Christian Theism; W. Pannenberg. Many Kinds of Rational Theistic Belief; R. Swinburne. The Rationality of Theistic Belief and the Concept of Truth; L.B. Puntel. Belief and the Logic of Religious Commitment; P. Clayton and Steven Knapp. A New Argument for the Existence of God: One That Works, Well, Sort of; R.M. Gale. Towards a Rehabilitation of Aquinas's `Third Way'; G.J. Hughes. Warranted Christian Belief: The Aquinas/Calvin model; A. Plantinga. Christian Belief and Platonic Rationality; P. van Inwagen. `Perspicuous Representation' and the Analogy of Experience; F. Ricken. Phronesis and Christian Belief; L. Zagzebski. The Negative and Positive Task of Reason in Relation to Religious Attitudes; R. Wimmer. Proper Basicality and the Evidential Significance of Internalist Defeat: A Proposal for Revising Classical Evidentialism; M.C. Sudduth. The Distinctiveness of the Epistemology of Religious Belief; W.P. Alston. Rationality and Reason; F. von Kutschera. Speakers and Editors. Index.