This important textbook introduces the six great arguments for the existence of God, as found in a wealth of primary sources from classic and contemporary texts. It requires no specialist knowledge of philosophy, and is ideally suited to students and teachers at school or university level. Sections include:
* The Ontological Argument (Anselm, Haight, Descartes, Kant, Findlay, Malcolm, Hick)
* The Cosmological Argument (Aquinas, Taylor, Hume, Kant)
* The Argument from Design (Paley, Hume, Darwin, Dawkins, Ward)
* The Argument from Miracles (Hume, Hambourger, Coleman, Flew, Swinburne, Diamond)
* The Moral Argument (Plato, Lewis, Kant, Rachels, Martin, Nielsen)
* The Pragmatic Argument (Pascal, Gracely, Stich, Penelhum, James, Moore).
Additional features include:
* revision questions
* key reading for each chapter and an extensive bibliography
* illustrated biographies of key thinkers and their works
* marginal notes and summaries of arguments.
Michael Palmer is a widely read author whose Moral Problems (Lutterworth Press, 1991) is a core text in schools and colleges. He has taught at Marlborough College and Bristol University and was Head of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Manchester Grammar School. He was formerly a Teaching Fellow at McMaster University and Humboldt Fellow at Marburg University.