God, Guilt, and Death: An Existential Phenomenology of Religion

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Indiana University Press, 1984 - Philosophy - 305 pages
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..". a profoundly stimulating and satisfying piece of philosophy.... It is a book from which one really can learn something worthwhile." Idealistic Studies

..". exceptionally well-written philosophy of religion... " Mentalities

..". a most impressive phenomenology of religion... a splendid achievement... " The Reformed Theological Review

..". challenging to scholars... interesting to general audiences." International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

..". equal in clarity of thought and comprehensiveness of scope.... profoundly original." The Reformed Journal

"Challenging and thought-provoking, this makes a fine... textbook in the philosophy of religion." Religious Studies Review

..". its virtues as a textbook in phenomenology or philosophy of religion are extraordinary." Faith and Philosophy

Examples from the writings of Kierkegaard, Freud, Heidegger, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, and Tolstoi illuminate Westphal s thesis that guilt and death are the central problems of human existence."

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The author attempts to resolve guilt and death - what he considers two main problems with human existence - in this book/thesis. Supporting evidence is well stated, if not a bit over exampled. This ... Read full review

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Agreeing with the previous reviewer, this book is a bit over-exampled, and the author does love to hear himself talk. However, most philosophers and academics suffer from this, so many great thinkers share this weakness.
However, I think that this book offers a great insight into several important aspects of religion for the religious individual, and delves into two important sources of anxiety for the average person: Guilt and Death. I highly recommend this book for believers and non-believers alike.
 

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Westphal is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University.

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