An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Author: Michael J. Murray,Michael C. Rea

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139469654

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion provides a broad overview of the topics which are at the forefront of discussion in contemporary philosophy of religion. Prominent views and arguments from both historical and contemporary authors are discussed and analyzed. The book treats all of the central topics in the field, including the coherence of the divine attributes, theistic and atheistic arguments, faith and reason, religion and ethics, miracles, human freedom and divine providence, science and religion, and immortality. In addition it addresses topics of significant importance that similar books often ignore, including the argument for atheism from hiddenness, the coherence of the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation, and the relationship between religion and politics. It will be a valuable accompaniment to undergraduate and introductory graduate-level courses.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Author: Brian Davies

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199263479

Category: Philosophy

Page: 333

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Provides [an] examination of some fundamental questions posed by religious belief: What does belief in God amount to? can God's existence be proved? Is there life after death? [In the text, the author] explains how a range of thinkers have approached the subject - including Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Leibniz, Hume, and Kant - and also discusses how contemporary authors now engage with the issues involved. [It] prove[s] the ideal introduction for all students of the philosophy of religion

Belief in God

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Author: T. J. Mawson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199276315

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Belief in God answers two questions: What, if anything, is it that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreeing about when they join in claiming that there is a God? and What, if any, prospects are there for rationally defending or attacking this claim? A highly accessible and engaging introduction to the philosophy of religion, this book offers full coverage of the key issues, from ideas about God's nature and character to arguments for and against his existence. Author T. J. Mawson makes striking new claims and defends or attacks established positions in original ways. His conversational style, lively wit, and enlightening examples make Belief in God simultaneously instructive, thought-provoking, and enjoyable to read.

Arguing for Atheism

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Author: Robin Le Poidevin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134871112

Category: Religion

Page: 184

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

An Introduction to Hegel's Philosophy of Religion

Author: Raymond Keith Williamson

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780873958271

Category: Religion

Page: 388

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For Hegel, thought is not philosophical if it is not also religious. Both religion and philosophy have a common object and share the same content, for both are concerned with the inherent unity of all things. Hegel s doctrine of God provides the means for understanding this fundamental relationship. Although Hegel stated that God is absolute Spirit and Christianity is the absolute religion, the compatibility of Hegel s doctrine of God with Christian theology has been a matter of continuing and closely argued debate. Williamson s book provides a significant contribution to this ongoing discussion through a systematic study of Hegel s concept of God. The book proceeds by investigating theism, atheism, pantheism, and panentheism as descriptions of Hegel s concept. It rejects the view that Hegel s doctrine so differs from Christian theology so as to be empty of religious content and thereby highlights some important considerations in contemporary theology."

Reason and Religious Belief

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Author: Michael L. Peterson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Religion

Page: 289

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A favorite at a wide range of colleges and universities nation-wide, this comprehensive introduction to the philosophy of religion examines all the standard topics as well as new issues such as Reformed epistemology, the philosophical analysis of theological doctrine, and the Kalamcosmological argument. Special attention is given to important subjects not often considered in other introductions, such as process theism, religious pluralism, and the relation of religion and morality. Each chapter begins with a concrete example or situation to draw students into thinking aboutthe particular issue and to encourage them to come to their own conclusions. Each chapter includes study questions and a list of suggested readings. Focusing mainly on issues surrounding classical theism, the book also deals where helpful with issues related specifically to Judeo-Christian theismand to non-Western traditions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, making it especially well-rounded.

Reason & Religious Belief

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Author: Michael L. Peterson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Christianity

Page: 339

View: 2450

Drawing from both classical and contemporary discussions, the authors examine topics of religious experience, faith and reason, theistic arguments, the problem of evil, religious language, miracles, life after death, and much more. The volume is enhanced by study questions and suggestions for further reading. The book also may serve as a companion to the authors' 1996 anthology, PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION.

Philosophy of Religion

A Guide to the Subject

Author: Brian Davies

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 390

View: 7629

Authoritative and accessible, this book is a concise and comprehensive introduction to the philosophy of religion. It shows how philosophers have used the tools of philosophy to examine the validity of religious ideas and values. Distinguished North American, British, and Australian authors explain how philosophers of the past and present have approached key concepts of religious faith: Does God exist? Can God's existence be proved? If so, what might God be like? Is there life after death? Is faith in an unseen God rationally tenable at all in a post-Enlightenment, postmodern, scientific age in which different faith traditions coexist and make claims to the ownership of eternal truths? This book is an essential reader and reference for scholars, teachers, and students of religion and for anyone who seeks to answer key questions challenging the life of faith today.

Introduction to Religious Philosophy

Author: Y. Masih

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120808546

Category: Advaita

Page: 410

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This is a book with a clearly visible theme of Advaita. That is not to say, that Masih has not spoken of other things. However, this book is not an introduction to philosophy of religion, but an introduction to religious philosophy. Thus it escapes the narrow confines of being a mere introduction to religious philosophy, as there are plenty of insights on philosophy of religion as well. A striking aspect of this book is that the author not only believes, but also calculates logically, as to how the various insights of different religions must crossfertilise the visions of one another. This exercise obviously demands a great deal of understanding of the various religious commitments. The author quotes the example of Ramakrishna Paramahansa who suggested that there is something like religious unity and that one is capable of extending oneself beyond the limited confines of a single religion, of the Supreme Spirit. Thus, understanding the Supreme Spirit as a concept is useful, because it is in the nature of a concept that is shareable and comm-unicable. One appreciable part of the book is the sweep it has over the subject... from Galloway and Martinieu to J.N. Findlay, Hare Blik, Kant, Hastings, Rashdall to McCloskey and Radhakrishnan, the author has drawn from various thinkers.

A Spectrum of Worldviews

An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion in a Pluralistic World

Author: Hendrik M. Vroom

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042020467

Category: Philosophy

Page: 331

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This book is an introduction to philosophy of religion from the perspective of a religiously pluralistic culture. It explores how comparative theology and philosophy of religion can move beyond the dead-end roads of relativism and exclusivism.

An Introduction to the Philosophy and Religion of Taoism

Pathways to Immortality

Author: Jeaneane D. Fowler

Publisher: ISBS

ISBN: 9781845190859

Category: Philosophy

Page: 342

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A companion volume to the bestselling Perspectives of Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Hinduism, this work discusses how Taoism is one facet of Chinese religion, and exemplifies particularly well the variety of beliefs and practices that humankind has adopted and experienced in the search for answers to both ultimate and proximate questions about life and death. This book explores the different pathways Taoism took in that search, touching at many points on the other interrelated facets of Chinese religion in Confucianism, Buddhism, and popular religion. The mystical, philosophical traditions of Taoism are analyzed, as well as the more colorful and overtly religious strands of Taoism.

An Introduction to the Phenomenology of Religion

Author: James Cox

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441171592

Category: Religion

Page: 185

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In this thoroughly revised edition, James Cox provides an easily accessible introduction to the phenomenology of religion, which he contends continues as a foundational method for the academic study of religion in the twenty-first century. After dealing with the problematic issue of defining religion, he describes the historical background to phenomenology by tracing its roots to developments in philosophy and the social sciences in the early twentieth century. The phenomenological method is then outlined as a step-by-step process, which includes a survey of the important classifications of religious behaviour. The author concludes with a discussion of the place of the phenomenology of religion in the current academic climate and argues that it can be aligned with the growing scholarly interest in the cognitive science of religion.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Bernard Lonergan

Author: Hugo Anthony Meynell

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802067920

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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An excellent introductory survey which combines brevity, lucidity and adequate documentation with critical reflection.

Human and Divine

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religious Experience

Author: Gwen Griffith Dickson

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press


Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Spiritual encounters and the problems raised by evil and suffering are the experiences that affect our religious beliefs most powerfully. In this new introduction to the philosophical study of religion Gwen Griffith-Dickson attempts to fill an important gap by considering these questions squarely in the context of the world's many religions and philosophical traditions, giving particular attention to Continental European and Eastern philosophy as well as to Anglo-American thinking. Philosophy of religion as the critique of religious beliefs is itself in need of examination. The book begins with a critical overview of the fundamental issues and assumptions of contemporary philosophy of religion, rationality and reason, commitment and belief, and the possibilities for religious language. The result is an approach to these issues and to the practice of philosophy of religion, which will be of interest to students and lecturers, as well as to those who wish to reflect more deeply on their own religious or anti-religious beliefs.

Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction

Author: William L. Rowe

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495007250

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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What is the relationship between faith and reason? Find out in PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: AN INTRODUCTION. Because it's written to be easily understood no matter your background, this philosophy of religion textbook introduces you to the debate in a way you can understand. Whether it's the philosophical proofs for God's existence or using reason to evaluate faith claims, the major points in the philosophy of religion are all covered in this excellent textbook. And with its built-in study tools, PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: AN INTRODUCTION helps out during test time as well. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Philosophy of Religion

An Introduction with Readings

Author: Stuart Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134692587

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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With the entry-level student in mind, Stuart Brown guides the reader through three main topics: whether or not there is life after death; whether or not there is a powerful, beneficent intelligence controlling the universe; and the nature and appropriate defence of religious belief or faith. Each chapter is linked to readings by commentators on religion and belief, such as David Hume, John Hick, Richard Dawkins and William James. Key features also include activities and exercises, chapter summaries and guides to further reading.

The Existence of God

A Philosophical Introduction

Author: Yujin Nagasawa

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136737464

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

View: 6905

The Existence of God: A Philosophical Introduction assesses classical and contemporary arguments concerning the existence of God. It is an ideal introduction to philosophy of religion and an excellent starting point for anyone interested in arguments about the existence of God.