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God, Evil, and Ethics:
A Primer in the Philosophy of Religion
by Eric v.d. Luft
God, Evil, and Ethics presents the basic elements of the
philosophy of religion tradition in a new and provocative
way. Luft's original philosophical narrative is interspersed
rich selections from Plato, Boethius, Thomas Aquinas, Anselm
Pascal, Descartes, Paley, Leibniz, Hume, Hegel, Kant, Mill,
Stephen, Royce, James, and Clifford. Included are Plato's complete
Phaedo and Euthyphro, Hume's complete essays "Of Miracles"
and "On Suicide," several other unabridged works, and many
excerpted pieces. The history and concepts of philosophy of
religion emerge more clearly through this integration and
interrelation of classical texts with modern summary and
The aim of God, Evil, and Ethics is to bring together as much
important material as possible, as logically as possible, in as few
pages as possible for high-quality "one-stop shopping" at a reasonable
cost. It is appropriate for students in four-year college, junior college,
community college, upper-level prep school, and post-graduate
non-credit enrichment courses in the philosophy of religion, as
well as for the intelligent general reader.
Luft wrote both his doctoral dissertation and master's thesis on Hegel's
philosophy of religion and has taught at Villanova University, Syracuse
University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and the College of St.
Rose. He has held Surdna, Whiting, Wood, and U.S. Dept. of Education
fellowships and is listed in Who's Who in America.
"... approachable and engaging. The author has a light touch and
presents complex questions and debates clearly without resorting to
simplification or generalization. Most positively of all, however,
is that this is an introduction to the philosophy of religion that
has a refreshingly broad understanding of its subject."
- Russell Re Manning, University of Cambridge, in Reviews
in Religion and Theology 12, 2 (April 2005): 229-232
"In God, Evil, and Ethics: A Primer in the Philosophy of Religion,
Eric v.d. Luft has put together a marvelous selection of texts raising
basic questions about the nature of religion, God, evil, faith, and
spirituality. Luft's selection of texts is historically rich and the
topical arrangement eases their accessibility to even the novice reader.
Luft's knowledge of the field is exhaustive and his writing style clarity
itself. I recommend this book as an excellent path into the discussions
and issues of philosophy of religion as they have been framed since
the nineteenth century.
- Heidi M. Ravven, Professor and Chair,
Department of Religious Studies, Hamilton College