This original study, published initially in 1959, introduces students of philosophy and of theology to a treatment of religion based upon the methods of modern philosophy – particularly logical empiricism and existentialism.
Above and beyond the importance of its point of view, this book is distinguished by its clarity and by its objective and understanding presentation of diverse points of view.
Introduction: Analysis and Language Part 1: Modern Man is Homo Loquens, Homo Convictus 1. Conviction: Man-Who-Speaks is Overcome by a Convictor 2. Power: Man-Who-Speas Establishes His Existence 3. World-Views: Man-Who-Speaks Establishes His Existence in Drafting World Views 4. Metaphysics: Man-Who-Speaks is Inclined to Draft Closed Systems Part 2: The Background of Modern Man’s Language Structures 5. Myth: Primitive and Ancient Man Lives by Means of a Mythical Establishment 6. Cosmos: Enlightened Man Establishes His Existence by Means of the Greek Cosmos Conviction Part 3: Language Structures which Assist Modern Man in Establishing His Existence 7. Morals: Moral Language Enables and Establishment in View of Goods and Highest Goods 8. The Church: Modern Christians Establish Their Existence with the Help of Several Church Languages. Postscript
Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1901 and 1991, Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion offers a selection of outstanding scholarship covering many aspects of philosophical enquiry into belief and faith. Topics include the history of atheism, natural religion, Christian ethics and the human soul. Some books look specifically at philosophers such as Hobbes, Plato, Kant, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard and Pascal. From classic works by Edward Westermarck, John Laird and G.D. Hicks to more recent investigations, this set contains important works by the likes of D.Z. Phillips, Frederick Ferré and A.C. Ewing making it an essential collection of these previously out-of-print works in a key subject.