Philosophers’ Favorite Works in Philosophy of Religion

by Luke Muehlhauser on January 17, 2010 in Philosophy of Religion 101,Resources

favorites in philosophy of religion

I’ve already linked to hundreds of books and articles on my page for 100+ Philosophers of Religion and Their Best Work. But what does “best” mean, there? Truth be told, it means something like “most cited on the topic of philosophy of religion.”

So this time I’m asking Ph.D.-carrying philosophers to share with us their favorite work(s) in philosophy of religion – excluding their own.

If you’re a Ph.D.-carrying philosopher who has published at least one philosophy of religion article in a peer-reviewed journal, please tell me one or two of your favorite works in philosophy of religion and I’ll add your selections to the list!

Here’s the list so far, newest additions at the top:

  1. Warrant: The Current Debate, Warrant and Proper Function, Warranted Christian Belief []
  2. The Coherence of Theism, The Existence of God, Faith and Reason []

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John D January 17, 2010 at 6:32 am

Interesting to see Plantinga popping up so often already. I can see the attraction for theists: he gives them a carte blanche for rejecting all other arguments.


Matt McCormick January 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I’m officially a philosopher–at California State University, Sacramento, and I’ve published in the field quite a bit.

Michael Martin’s Atheism: A Philosophical Justification has got to be on this list. And Graham Oppy’s new Arguing about Gods is very nice.



Robert Gressis January 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

In the latest issue of Faith & Philosophy, Plantinga writes, “Amid [William Alston's] many publications, one in particular stands out: his magisterial Perceiving God, surely an unexcelled landmark in the last 100 years of Christian philosophy and philosophy of religion.”

I should think that would count as close to, if not actually, Plantinga’s favorite.


lukeprog January 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm


Wow. That’s a strong statement. I think it qualifies.


Jon Schnaars August 13, 2010 at 3:35 am

H Ali in her book “Infidel” mentions Betrand Russell and “Poppa” as mentors in her search for a way out of Islam. Who is “Poppa?” Is he/she avail in English? Tx


lukeprog August 13, 2010 at 6:15 am


“Poppa”? I don’t know, was she talking about Karl Popper, the famous philosopher of science?


Matt October 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm

The standout 3 for me are (in this order):
Warranted Christian Belief – Plantinga
Reason and Belief in God – Plantinga
Perceiving God – Alston

(I concur that Alston’s work would be Plantinga’s favourite.)


lukeprog October 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm




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