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Is it possible to be both a philosopher and a religious believer? Is philosophy a friend or foe to religious belief? Does talk of God make sense? Does God exist? What is God?
Essential for anyone pondering these and similar questions, Philosophy of Religion: A Guide and Anthology provides a comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible overview of the subject. Carefully edited by Brian Davies, it contains a wide-ranging selection of 65 of the best classical and contemporary writings on the philosophy of religion, together with substantial commentary, introductory material, discussion questions, and detailed guides to further reading. The editorial material sets the selections in context and guides students through the readings.
Part I of the book examines the relation between philosophy and religion; Parts II-IV consider the existence and nature of God; Part V addresses the "problem of evil" that has puzzled thinkers for centuries; and Parts VI and VII are devoted to the relationship between morality and religion and to the question of life after death. An extensive treatment of the major issues that Western philosophers have faced in thinking about religion, Philosophy of Religion is an exceptional text. No other book on the market offers this combination of introductory guide along with such a substantial anthology of readings.
Paperback: 784 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 14, 2000)
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.7 x 9.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
4 people found this helpful.
on November 2, 2012
By Amazon Customer
Brian Davies’ “Philosophy of Religion” is a thorough and thought-provoking collection of writings on the philosophy of religion. It doesn’t cover every topic out there and definitely has an analytic bent to it. (You can see whether the book will cover topics you are interested in by checking out the table of contents; it seems to focus more on God than religious experience, though not exclusively so.) That said, the introductions are great, the bibliographies of further reading are truly priceless for serious scholars on these topics, and the convenience of having an introduction to so many different takes on these issues is a great help.
A well-rounded and well-executed effort
10 people found this helpful.
on December 12, 2001
By Brint Montgomery
There are a host of philosophy of religion books out there, so the question becomes what’s the best way to get a well-rounded survey of the field. Davies solution is to pick plenty of articles with, what I perceive to be, a somewhat contemporary slant, and then carefully organize them according to topical groupings with overview-type introductions. Each topical grouping leads naturally into the next grouping, so debates early on are carried forward into new areas. I liked this book as soon as I came into contact with the desk copy, and having now read it, my first impressions were correct: a nice summary and guide for anyone who has already had an Introduction to Philosophy class. A class in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy would be very helpful too, though hardly necessary, for much medieval philosophy still influences issues in contemporary philosophy of religion.
2 people found this helpful.
on September 28, 2011
I needed this book for my philosophy of religion class and I was glad to find the book at a price that was cheaper than the campus book store. Great condition and has all the same content as the version sold here.
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