In 2017, Routledge published Does God Matter?: Essays on the Axiological Consequences of Theismby Klaas Kraay, as part of their Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Religion series. Klaas Kraay is Professor of Philosophy at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of God and the Multiverse: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Perspectives (Routledge 2015).
From the publisher’s description of Does God Matter?:
The question of whether God exists has long preoccupied philosophers. Many accounts of God have been proposed, and many arguments for and against God’s existence have been offered and discussed. But while philosophers have been busy trying to determine whether or not God exists, they have generally neglected to ask this question: “Does it matter whether God exists?”
Does God Matter? features ten original essays written by prominent philosophers of religion that address this very important, yet surprisingly neglected, question. One natural way to approach this question is to seek to understand what difference God’s existence would―or does―make to the value of the world and the well-being of its inhabitants. The three essays in Section I defend versions of pro-theism: the view that God’s existence would, or does, make things better than they would otherwise be. The three subsequent essays in Section II defend anti-theism: the view that God’s existence would, or does, make things worse than they would otherwise be. The final four essays in Section III consider the interplay between the existential and axiological debates concerning the existence of God. This book presents important research on a growing topic in philosophy of religion that will also be of keen interest to scholars working in other areas of philosophy (such as metaphysics, epistemology, and value theory), and in other disciplines (such as religious studies and analytic theology).