Leading philosophers reflect on what belief in God, or its absence, means for the subject and what difference it makes to the flow and perceived significance of someone's life. A stimulating juxtaposition of views including the different perspectives of Christians, Buddhists, Jews, atheists and agnostics Contributors include Sir Anthony Kenny, Alvin Plantinga, John Haldane, Richard Norman, David Benatar and John Cottingham Enables the reader to see how crucial issues about the nature and significance of religious belief are dealt with from widely differing philosophical and religious perspectives
From the Back Cover In this provocative volume, leading philosophers reflect on what belief in God, or its absence, means for the subject and what difference it makes to the flow and perceived significance of someone's life. Contributors include: Sir Anthony Kenny on the idea of 'devout agnosticism' Alvin Plantinga on the compatibility of science and religion John Haldane on the human desire for God Richard Norman on atheistic interpretations of religious experience David Benatar on the value of religious observance irrespective of belief John Cottingham on the role of emotions and habits of virtue in the adoption of a religious outlook. The different perspectives of the authors, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, atheist and agnostic make for an unusually stimulating juxtaposition of views.