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1-Religious Diversity:

A Philosophical Assessment

David Basinger

Religious diversity exists whenever seemingly sincere, knowledgeable individuals hold incompatible beliefs on the same religious issue. Diversity of this sort is pervasive, existing not only across basic theistic systems but also within these theistic systems themselves. Religious Diversity explores the breadth and significance of such conflict. Examining the beliefs of various theistic systems, particularly within Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, Basinger discusses seemingly incompatible claims about many religious issues, including the nature of God and the salvation of humankind. He considers particularly the work of Hick, Gellman, Plantinga, Schellenberg, Alston, Wainwright, and Quinn, applying their perspectives on 'exclusivism' and 'pluralism' as they become relevant to the issues in question. Basinger's survey of the relevant literature, proposed solutions, and fresh insights offer an invaluable contribution not only for philosophers of religion and philosophical theologians but for anyone interested in the increasingly significant question of what a religious believer can or cannot justifiably say about their religious perspective.

Kevin Meeker
In this clear and accessible study of the major epistemic questions concerning religious diversity, Professor Basinger deals the final blow to the fashionable position that exclusivism is no longer intellectually credible.Marcel Sarot, University of Utrecht, NetherlandsBasinger's book provides a cutting edge perspective on religious diversity. These arguments on issues ranging from the afterlife to philosophical pedagogy will provoke lively and illuminating debates.

Basinger (WesleyanU.) grapples with the metaphysical question of whether there exists some form of supernatural reality, specifically some divine being or realm, with which humans are connected. He is concerned not so much with whether there is in fact such a reality, but more with what people can know or justifiably say about the nature of any such reality.

2-Reason and Religious Belief:

An Introduction to the Philosophy of ReligionMichael L. Peterson,William Hasker,Bruce Reichenbach,David Basinger

Does a supreme being exist? Can the existence of a good God be reconciled with evil and suffering? In light of great differences among religions, can only one religion be true? Reason and Religious Belief, now in its second edition, explores these and other perennial questions in the philosophy of religion. Drawing from the best in both classical and contemporary discussions, the authors examine standard topics in the field - religious experience, faith and reason, theistic arguments, the problem of evil, religious language, miracles, and life after death - as well as new topics that have been widely discussed over the last few decades, including Reformed epistemology, religious pluralism, the philosophical analysis of theological doctrine, and the Kalam cosmological argument. They also treat subjects not often included in competing texts, such as process theism, religious pluralism, and the relationship between religion and morality.

3-Predestination and Free Will

David Basinger,Randall Basinger

David and Randall Basinger present four different answers to the question "If God is in control, are people really free?" Contributors include proponents of foreordination, foreknowledge, self-limited power, and self-limited knowledge.

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