This collection presents a critical discussion and exploration of the late D.Z. Phillips' contemplative approach in the philosophy of religion. What are the main characteristics of this ground-breaking approach, which is inspired by thinkers like Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein and meant as a serious, critical alternative to the mainstream way of doing philosophy of religion? What is its aim, if it is deliberately avoiding apology and defence of faith? How does Phillips' approach relate to systematic, historical and empirical theology and is it really as 'neutral' as he claims it to be? Or is he, perhaps, a certain kind of theologian? What are the implications of his contemplative philosophy for central issues of religious life today, such as petitionary prayer, the hope of 'eternal life' and radical religious diversity? The essays of six distinguished scholars from five different nations critically and sympathetically address these questions and are responded to by Phillips in essays of his own, written briefly before his sudden death in July 2006.
Andy F. Sanders is a Member of the Center for Theological Inquiry (Princeton), is founder and secretary of the Netherlands Society for Philosophy of Religion, and is currently Director of the Graduate School for Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Dr Sanders is the author of Michael Polanyi's Post-Critical Epistemology (1988) and Fifty Years of Philosophy of Religion. A Selected Bibliography (1955-2005) (2007). He is also (co-)editor of Concepts of Person in Religion and Thought (Berlin/New York 1990), and Belief in God and Intellectual Honesty (1990) and numerous articles in philosophy of religion, religious epistemology and Polanyi studies in English-American journals and books.
’This is a useful collection of essays not only for grasping the main issues and controversies arising from Phillips' philosophy of religion, but also for providing thought-provoking discussions of many of the central problems in philosophy of religion as such.’ Theological Book Review