Books For Your Consideration

Here is a list of books and recommendations from me that I’ve purchased in the past few months. They aren’t arranged in any particular fashion, and so I do apologize if there seems to be a random plethora of books on various subjects. Check them out if you get the chance!

 

  • Lectures on Philosophical Theology, Immanuel Kant – This is an interesting analysis of the discipline of theology from German philosopher Immanuel Kant. I do recommend this book in terms of its enriching exposition of the knowledge of God, archetypal/ectypal theology, and so forth (as far as the first chapter concerned anyway).

  • Alvin Plantinga, Deane-Peter Baker (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus Series) – An exposition of the life and thought of Protestant philosopher Alvin Plantinga (b. 1932). You can see my exposition of Plantinga here, from Philosopher Friday.
  • God and Philosophy, Etienne Gilson – This is surely a read of the necessary and crucial kind intended for philosophers, theologians, and lay believers of the like. Gilson’s analysis of Christian philosophy, Greek philosophy, Modern philosophy, and even contemporary science in relation to Christianity is simply par excellence. I highly recommend this read to any philosophically-inclined Christian.
  • Atheism and Philosophy, Kai Nielsen – This book is Nielsen’s interesting justification of atheism from a philosophical perspective. Drawing upon coherence as his main weapon, the force of the book comes through his critique of theism as being conceptually incoherent. Nielsen also however, rejects the idea that “God-talk is meaningless”, and says that theists and atheists alike can talk about God meaningfully.
  • The Evidence for God, Paul Moser – I have reviewed a small portion of Moser’s thesis here, shedding light on his interesting distinction on how we should interpret the evidence for an “intentional agent”. This book, in essence, is an assessment (or reassessment) of looking at the evidence for God’s existence. Moser examines natural theology and other subjects in this interesting book. I have said several times elsewhere that Moser’s thesis is interesting, but I am still evaluating for myself the usefulness of its conclusions.
  • How To Think About God, Mortimer Adler – This book was once was the book of the week, so it is clearly an excellent read (I think so anyway). This book is Adler’s analysis of the question concerning God’s existence, often referring to himself as a “pagan”, or, a “person who doesn’t worship the God of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam”. Adler examines the traditional arguments for God’s existence, especially the First Cause or Cosmological Argument. I do recommend this book very highly.
  • On Physics and Philosophy, Bernard d’Espagnat – This is a wonderful resource to have for any philosopher of science, or someone with an interest in the philosophical nature of contemporary physics. The book serves as more textbook in form, but is excellent in terms of its preliminary exposition of concepts such as realism, Bell’s theorem, decoherence, empirical reality, and so forth. This book again, is a fantastic resource to have.

  •  Quantum Philosophy, Robert Omnés – In respect to the last book, this work by Omnés is also a fantastic resource to have. I would argue that since the book is shorter (281 pages) than d’Espagnat’s book (464 pages), it also a simpler read in terms of understanding contemporary science among other subjects: The Philosophy of Mathematics, Epistemology, Realism, and etc. For anyone interested in the philosophy of science or science in general, I recommend picking up this book.
  • An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, Rudolf Carnap – This is perhaps the most elementary read in the philosophy of science that I have ever picked up so far. It exposits such subjects like Euclidean Geometry, Causality, Induction, Statistical Probabilities, and many others. Again, in light of the other two books, I recommend that this be added to that list of books.
  • The Philosophy of Science, David Papineau – This was published by the Oxford Readings in Philosophy, and so it is an anthology rather than an introduction or explicit exposition of the philosophy of science. However, it is nonetheless a meritous reading in the philosophy of science regarding the epistemology of science (my favorite reading), realism, and other other subjects.
  • The Physics of Immortality, Frank Tipler – This is another weird, but surprisingly interesting read from the work of Christian physicist Frank Tipler. I typically don’t like Tipler because some of his suggestions are just plain weird (for instance, in The Physics of Christianity he suggested that the “singularity is God” – however, it was hard to tell particularly for me to say whether he was drawing a metaphor or stating something literal), but this book is one that I’m glad I have. In short, the book is Tipler’s furthering of the Omega Point Theory.
  • Worldviews in Conflict, Ronald Nash – I do have high respect for the presuppositionalist camp of apologetics, though I am not one myself. However, Nash’s discussion in this book on the topic of worldviews and the Christian position on reality, knowledge, ethics (among others), is really quite meritous and exciting. Nash offers us an interesting insight to the Christian’s very own “conceptual system”.
  • The Mystery of Existence, edited by John Leslie and Robert Kuhn – I was really quite excited about getting this one. It is essentially a wide anthology of readings regarding the question, “Why is there anything at all?” It contains readings an excerpts from philosophers and scientists such as Paul Davies, Peter Van Inwagen, William Lane Craig, John Polkinghorne, Kieth Ward, Alexander Vilenkin, Richard Swinburne, and many others. Again, this book is meritous in terms of using it as a resource, or perhaps maybe even having a good introduction and idea in regards to the discussion taking place on this subject. A good read highly recommended.
  • Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, edited by William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland – This book, in short, is simply an amazing piece of literature to have. Though unfortunately it is rather expensive to have (I purchased my copy for 35$ on Amazon), the book is crucial to have in any philosopher or theologian’s library. With contributions from William Lane Craig, Stewart Goetz, Alexander Pruss, James D. Sinclair, Robert Maydole, and many others,  this collection of essays on the traditional arguments for God’s existence is surely the champion of contemporary studies in natural theology.
  • Written on the Heart, J. Budziszweski – This book serves as J. Budziszweski’s amazing case for natural law. Drawing upon numerous philosophers such as Aristotle, John Locke, Thomas Aquinas, and John Stuart Mill and what they said about morality or natural law in particular, Budziszweski gives us an interesting analysis of political philosophy and its relation to ethics. For anyone with an interest in ethics, or political philosophy, I recommend that you check out this read.

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