Analytic Philosophy of Religion

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James Franklin Harris
Springer Science & Business Media, May 31, 2002 - Philosophy - 432 pages
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When Gene Long, editor of Kluwer's Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion Series, first invited me to write the volume on Analytic Philosophy of Religion, I accepted with great enthusiasm. My only explanation for that enthusiasm now is that I was younger and more naive at the time. Soon after starting work on the volume, my enthusiasm was dampened by the daunting magnitude of the task. I began as a sprinter and quickly settled into the pace of a long-distance runner. Although I considered myself well read in the subject, I soon discovered that I had a great deal of research to do to be confident that I had considered all of the major contributions to the various discussions, issues, and of religion. As I read more and more problems found within analytic philosophy books and articles, I realized that I had rushed into a territory already well trodden by the angels. I am greatly impressed by the sophistication and subtlety of philosophical argument that characterize the different debates in contemporary analytic philosophy of religion. This volume covers a vast amount of material. I have endeavored to provide the fairest possible reading of different authors, and, in cases where I include my own critical evaluations and develop my own positions, I have endeavored to provide the strongest possible interpretations of the positions I criticize.
  

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Contents

The Rise of Analytic Philosophy of Religion
vii
II The Problem of Religious Language
26
III The Nature of God and Arguments for the Existence of God
75
IV Religious Experience and Religious Epistemology
139
V Religion and Science
192
Evil and Suffering
232
Humanism Naturalism and Atheism
276
VIII Religion and Ethics
328
IX The Problem of Religious Pluralism
372
X Summary And Conclusion
411
Index
425
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