Philosophy of Religion: A Critical Introduction

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Polity, Jun 3, 2008 - Philosophy - 190 pages
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The first publication of Beverley Clack and Brian R. Clack’s exciting and innovative introduction to the philosophy of religion has been of enormous value to students, as well as providing a bold and refreshing alternative to the standard analytic approaches to the subject. This second edition retains the accessibility which made it popular for both teachers and students, while furthering its distinctive argument that emphasises the human dimension of religion.

The text has been fully revised and updated. The traditional emphasis on the arguments for the existence of God is reflected in a newly extended and reworked investigation into natural theology. Recent developments in the subject are also reflected in updated chapters, and, in a move that highlights the originality of the authors’ approach, they offer a critical engagement with current world events. An entirely new concluding chapter interrogates the connection between religion and terror, and demonstrates how philosophy of religion might be conducted under the terrible shadow of 9/11.

This new edition of The Philosophy of Religion will continue to be essential reading for all students and practitioners of the subject.


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1 Religious Belief and the Philosophy of Religion
2 Natural Theology
3 Challenges to Theism
4 Alternative Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion
5 Divine Action and the Beyond
6 Philosophy of Religion in an Age of Terror

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Beverley Clack is Reader in Philosophy of Religion at Oxford Brookes University.

Brian Clack is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego.

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