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The Philosophy Of Religion

by Swami Krishnananda

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This introduction to the philosophy of religion helps readers understand the primary sources that are essential for genuine philosophical understanding. Its careful selection of important classical and contemporary readings, along with a clear, understandable analysis and discussion of the topics, helps build a basic vocabulary of philosophical and religious terms–while becoming fluent in the main philosophical issues in religion. Chapter topics include the varieties of religious experience, religion and life, religion and human destiny, argument's for God's existence, the problem of evil, and religious language. This book presents an appealing mixture of classical and contemporary authors–from Descartes, Paley and Kierkegaard to Otto, James, and Buber–to such current writers as Wendy Doniger, Mary Daly, and David Ray Griffin. For philosophers–or anyone who likes to philosophize–about important religious questions and their relation to life.

The publisher, Prentice-Hall Humanities/Social Science
This text/anthology presents substantial selections from primary source material -- yet is accessible for those new to philosophical studies.

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The text offers a rich, yet approachable, introduction to philosophy of religion for the beginning student that is distinguished by the following special features:

  • Introductions that help prepare students for meaningful discussion of the readings
  • Appealing mixture of classical and contemporary authors from Plato, Descartes, Kant, Paley, and Kierkegaard to contemporary thinkers such as John Hick, Richard Taylor, David Ray Griffin, and Paul Ricoeur.
  • Consideration of issues from both Western and Eastern perspectives
  • Discussion of process thought, often omitted from introductory texts

New to this edition are readings on religious pluralism by John Hick, a compelling analysis of God's female nature by Rosemary Ruether, and such classic readings as Paul Tillich on faith as ultimate concern, Kant's moral argument for God's existence, John Stuart Mill's analysis of the limits of natural theology, and the contrast in ancient Greek thought between Plato and Epicurus on death and human destiny and its difference from the early Christian view.

The book couples clear and understandable analysis with important primary-source readings on topics that have a permanent place in the philosophy of religion.

Also of Interest

Fundamentals of Philosophy, 5th edition by David Stewart and H. Gene Blocker
An accessible reader/text for beginning students of philosophy that offers a broad scope and diversity of classic and contemporary selections with introductions that present difficult issues in an understandable manner.



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