God & Morality: Four Views, Edited byR. Keith Loftin

God and Morality

Four Views

Spectrum Multiview Book Series

Edited by R. Keith Loftin

God and Morality
paperback
  • Length: 181 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: October 25, 2012
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 3984
  • ISBN: 9780830839841

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Is morality dependent upon belief in God? Is there more than one way for Christians to understand the nature of morality? Is there any agreement between Christians and atheists or agnostics on this heated issue?

In this Spectrum Multiview volume four distinguished voices in moral philosophy articulate and defend their place in the current debate between naturalism and theism. Christian philosophers Keith Yandell and Mark Linville and two self-identified atheist/agnostics, Evan Fales and Michael Ruse, clearly and honestly represent their differing views on the nature of morality.

Important differences as well as areas of overlap emerge as each contributor states their case, receives criticism from the others and responds. Of particular value for use as an academic text, these four essays and responses, covering the naturalist moral non-realist, naturalist moral realist, moral essentialist and moral particularist views, will foster critical thinking and contribute to the development of a well-informed position on this very important issue.

Spectrum Multiview Books offer a range of viewpoints on contested topics within Christianity, giving contributors the opportunity to present their position and also respond to others in this dynamic publishing format.

"This is an intellectually stimulating book and a good overview of natural and supernatural theories of morality. . . . If one is desirous to become better acquainted with contemporary views, Christian or not, this is a good start."

J. Brian Huffling, Christian Apologetics Journal, Spring 2014
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CONTENTS

Introduction
R. Keith Loftin
1. Naturalist Moral Realism
Evan Fales
A Naturalist Moral Nonrealism Response
A Moral Essentialism Response
A Moral Particularism Response
2. Naturalist Moral Nonrealism
Michael Ruse
A Naturalist Moral Realism Response
A Moral Essentialism Response
A Moral Particularism Response
3. Moral Essentialism
Keith E. Yandell
A Naturalist Moral Realism Response
A Naturalist Moral Nonrealism Response
A Moral Particularism Response
4. Moral Particularism
Mark D. Linville
A Naturalist Moral Realism Response
A Naturalist Moral Nonrealism Response
A Moral Essentialism Response
Contributors
Index

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R. Keith Loftin

R. Keith Loftin (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is assistant professor of humanities at The College at Southwestern in Fort Worth, Texas.