An authoritative resource that grapples with issues that have occupied philosophers for more than two millennia.

Theism and Atheism: Opposing Arguments in Philosophy is a peer-reviewed volume with two separate editors in chief. The atheism side is led by Graham Oppy (Australian philosopher, Monash University). The theism side is led by Joseph Koterski, S.J. (American philosopher, Fordham University) and includes Christian, Jewish, and Muslim philosophers. Both sides worked together to identify 20 key topics in philosophical debates regarding arguments for and against the existence of God.

The title attempts to clearly present complex philosophical counter perspectives on issues that have perplexed philosophers for over two millennia. This includes the sufficiency/insufficiency of an empirical explanation for the existence of the universe; the capacity/incapacity of the empirical sciences to draw conclusions about a possible infinite being; the validity/invalidity of philosophical arguments regarding the existence of an infinite being; various notions of infinity; the "problem of evil," and so on.

Macmillan Reference USA • 2019
ISBN: 9780028664460


See What’s Different:
  • Features dual editorial boards, one representing theism (including Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scholars) and the other atheism.
  • Organized around 20 key themes in philosophical debates (e.g., Religious Experience, Miracles, Our Universe, Human Beings, Science, Religious Diversity, etc.).
  • Contains 40 total chapters (the format is such that a theist author writing on a topic is followed by an atheist author on the same topic, e.g., “Miracles: Theism” and “Miracles: Atheism”).
  • Brings together a wide variety of theist and atheist authors from around the globe.
  • Chapters are signed by the academics that authored them and include their institutional affiliations.
  • Includes an “Overview” section and “Key Concepts” for each chapter.

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Reviews & Testimonials

"A nice reference work for any academic library and for inquiring minds wishing opinions related to arguments for and against theism and atheism. Recommended."
— Bradford Lee Eden - Dean of Library Services, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. 


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