Philosophy of Religion : A Critical Introduction
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.
- Electronic book text
- 10 Mar 2014
- John Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Polity Press
- United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
Table of contents
Preface to 2008 edition. Preface to first edition. Acknowledgements. Chapter 1: Religious Belief and the Philosophy of Religion. I What is Religion?. II The Philosophy of Religion. III Developing the Concept of God. Chapter 2: Natural Theology. I Arguments for the Existence of God. II The Divine Attributes. III The Human Dimension of Natural Theology. Chapter 3: Challenges to Theism. I Evil. II Natural Histories of Religion. III Religious Language and Verification. Chapter 4: Alternative Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion. I Revisionary Accounts of God. II Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Religion. III Feminism and the Philosophy of Religion. Chapter 5: Divine Action and Beyond. I Miracles. II Immortality. Chapter 6: Philosophy of Religion in an Age of Terror. I Religious Belief and Terrorism. II Terror, Transience and the Human Animal: Towards a Humanist Revision of Religion.
"An extremely accessible narrative for newcomers to the field, the book also provides a critical review for the more advanced." Religious Studies Review "The Clacks have produced a clear, systematic, highly critical approach to philosophy of religion, covering the traditional and contemporary issues in the field, as well as offering more attention to the naturalist critique of traditional religious belief." Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College -An extremely accessible narrative for newcomers to the field, the book also provides a critical review for the more advanced.- Religious Studies Review -The Clacks have produced a clear, systematic, highly critical approach to philosophy of religion, covering the traditional and contemporary issues in the field, as well as offering more attention to the naturalist critique of traditional religious belief.- Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College
About Beverley Clack
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.