The last few decades have witnessed a stunning resurgence of philosophical interest in God and theology. Although much of this renaissance on the rationality of theistic belief apart from evidence, there is a gathering movement in philosophical circles to re-establish natural theology's legitimate role in justifying belief in God's existence.
The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology gathers together original contributions from a variety of leading philosophers to provide a timely and thought-provoking exploration of the existence of God as manifested in the existence, order, and character of the natural world. Each of the in-depth essays explore at length a particular theistic argument-from contingency and consciousness to reason and religious experience-with the distinguished authors providing analysis and evaluation of each argument, offering original insights and new perspectives on perennial questions.
The result is an engaging and deeply profound examination of the question of God's existence based on human reason and evidence from the natural world.
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Best Defense of Theism yet assembled.
Date:October 11, 2012
I had written a long and in-depth review...and accidentally clicked off the screen--losing it all. My apologies for not re-typing it. It was extensive.
To summarize, this is an advanced book in the Philosophy of Religion and Apologetics. It's not meant to be an introduction to arguments for the existence of God, but a scholarly defense of those arguments. As such, much of the language and concepts can be quite technical.
It features 11 essays, spanning roughly 50 - 100 pages each. The first essay outlines the project of natural theology, namely that it entails philosophical reflection on the existence and nature of God without calling upon scripture or revelation.
The next 10 essays each put forward an argument for the existence of God, being written by one of its foremost defenders today. The arguments include Gottfried Leibniz's Cosmological Argument (a.k.a. the Contingency Argument), the Kalam Cosmological argument (arguing that the beginning of the universe points to an transcendent personal Creator), the Teleological argument (arguing that the Fine-Tuning of the universe points to an Intelligent Designer of the Cosmos), the Argument from Consciousness, the Argument from Reason, the Moral Argument, the Argument from Evil, the Argument from Religious Experience, the Ontological Argument, and the Argument from Miracles--based on Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead.
For those unfamiliar with these arguments, I highly recommend beginning with a more introductory book such as "On Guard" by William Lane Craig, or any of the books by Lee Strobel. For those who are somewhat familiar with philosophy and apologetics, but want to go deeper, I recommend reading William Lane Craig's "Reasonable Faith, 3rd ed.", and for those who would like to go as deep as possible, delving into a technical treatment of these arguments, purchase the Blackwell Companion. This book represents the cutting edge of Philosophy of Religion today, and being someone familiar with the arguments for and against the existence of God, this book represents the immense rationality and coherence of the Theistic (and more specifically, Christian) worldview.
I hope this helps. I've been enjoying it thoroughly, but it's still quite difficult for me at parts, and I'm very familiar with apologetics and earned my minor in Philosophy.