Friday, January 28, 2011

Two Forthcoming Books to Watch for From OUP

Perszyk, Ken (ed.). Molinism: The Contemporary Debate. Molinism provides an important account of divine providence that has held out hope for many a philosopher of religion in solving such issues as the problem of freedom and foreknowledge, the logical problem of evil (think Plantinga's molinist free will defense), etc. But molinism seems to be losing ground these days (witness, for example, the current prominence of "Open Future" views of God's foreknowledge). This volume assesses the current state of the debate, and the prospects for molinism.

Clark, Kelly James and Van Arragon, Raymond (eds.) Evidence and Religious Belief. Here's the blurb:

A fundamental question in philosophy of religion is whether religious belief must be based on evidence in order to be properly held. In recent years two prominent positions on this issue have been staked out: evidentialism, which claims that proper religious belief requires evidence; and Reformed epistemology, which claims that it does not. Evidence and Religious Belief contains eleven chapters by prominent philosophers which push the discussion in new directions. The volume has three parts. The first part explores the demand for evidence: some chapters object to it while others seek to restate it or find space for compromise between Reformed epistemology and evidentialism. The second part explores ways in which beliefs are related to evidence; that is, ways in which the evidence for or against religious belief that is available to a person can depend on that person's background beliefs and other circumstances. The third part contains chapters that discuss actual evidence for and against religious belief. Evidence for belief in God includes the so-called common consent of the human race and the way that such belief makes sense of the moral life; evidence against it includes profound puzzles about divine freedom which suggest that it is impossible for a being to be morally perfect.

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