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The Rationality of Theism is a controversial collection of brand new papers by thirteen outstanding philosophers and scholars. Its aim is to offer comprehensive theistic replies to the traditional arguments against the existence of God, offering a positive case for theism as well as rebuttals of recent influential criticisms of theism.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 27th 2003 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2003)
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I haven't read every last essay in this book, but everyone will be read. This book is a paragon of light in a dark philosophical world. For those who aren't aware, there has been nothing short of a revolution going on in Anglo-American philosophy over the last twenty-five years. Theists are beginning to storm the strongholds of American academia and are taking back the entire discipline of philosophy with the highest level of analytic philosophy to hit this country in over one hundred years, may ...more
This is essentially the little brother of 'The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology'. It is both slightly broader in scope, and much more accessible, than the BCNT.

Like most compilations, I found it to be hit or miss. Some chapters are excellent, some are decent, and some are...well, skippable. I recommend at least reading the introduction and chapters 2 and 8. Chapter 6 is by William Lane Craig, and if you've read his work on the Kalam cosmological argument in other sources, this chapter is
Jeffrey Backlin
Helpful introduction and essays into the philosophy of religion.
Pretty good up-to-date approach to many issues in the philosophy of religion (e.g., problem of religious language, arguments for God (natural theology), and the coherence of theism) from a contemporary, analytic perspective. Authors are all Arminian-leaning, so that affects some of the essays (negatively or positively, depending on your persuasion, I guess).
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