What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion?
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What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion? grapples with the core topics studied on philosophy of religion undergraduate courses including:











the meaning of religious language, including 20th century developments







the nature of the Divine, including divine power, wisdom and actionã







arguments for the existence of the Divine







challenges to belief in the Divine, including the problems of evil, divine hiddenness and religious diversity







believing without arguments







arguments for life after death, including reincarnation.





In addition to the in-depth coverage of the key themes within the subject area Elizabeth Burns explores the topics from the perspectives of the five main world religions, introducing students to the work of scholars from a variety of religious traditions and interpretations of belief.


What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion? is the ideal introduction for those approaching the philosophy of religion for the first time, containing many helpful student-friendly features, such as a glossary of important terms, study questions and further reading.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 19.05mm | 408g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed
  • 1 Tables, black and white
  • 1138817783
  • 9781138817784
  • 648,337

Table of contents

Acknowledgements


Chapter 1 - What is philosophy of religion?


Chapter 2 - Ways with words: The meaning of religious language


Chapter 3 - Religious language: Twentieth-century developments


Chapter 4 - Personal and impersonal interpretations of the Divine


Chapter 5 - Divine Power


Chapter 6 - Divine wisdom


Chapter 7 - Divine action


Chapter 8 - Petitionary prayer


Chapter 9 - Arguments for the existence of the Divine: Cosmological arguments


Chapter 10 - Arguments for the existence of the Divine: Design arguments


Chapter 11 - Arguments for the existence of the Divine: Moral arguments


Chapter 12 - Arguments for the existence of the Divine: Arguments from religious experience


Chapter 13 - Arguments for the existence of the Divine: Ontological arguments


Chapter 14 - Arguments against belief in the Divine: The problem of evil


Chapter 15 - Arguments against belief in the Divine: The problem of divine hiddenness


Chapter 16 - Arguments against belief in the Divine: The problem of religious diversity


Chapter 17 - Voluntarist theories of religious belief


Chapter 18 - Reformed Epistemology


Chapter 19 - Life, death and hope


Appendix 1 - Defining the Divine


Appendix 2 - List of further reading on the varieties of religious belief


Appendix 3 - List of anthologies and their contents by topic


Appendix 4 - Glossary


Index
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Review quote

"Writing in crystal clear language, Elizabeth Burns provides an insightful, concise, and classroom-ready treatment of every question central to philosophy of religion. Each chapter captures the classical ideas and the contemporary challenges to belief in God. A reliable guide."


Kevin Schilbrack, Appalachian State University, USAã


"Burns has accomplished her goal in this book of defining, in graspable terms, what the philosophy of religion entails. (...) Burns's slim volume provides a valuable synthesis of the philosophy of religion."


Nathan 'Jack' Read, Ryokan College
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About Elizabeth Burns

Elizabeth Burns was a Reader at Heythrop College, University of London, UK where she taught philosophy of religion from 2000-2017 and was, for five years, Dean of Undergraduate Studies. She is now a Reader and Programme Director of the University of London International Programmes in Theology at the central University of London and Director of Taught Programmes at the Cambridge Theological Federation, UK.
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