The themes of God, Mind and Knowledge are central to the philosophy of religion but they are now being taken up by professional philosophers who have not previously contributed to the field. This book is a collection of original essays by eminent and rising philosophers and it explores the boundaries between philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and epistemology. Its introduction will make it accessible to newcomers to the field, especially those approaching it from theology. Many of the book’s topics lie at the focal point of debates - instigated in part by the so-called New Atheists - in contemporary culture about whether it is rational to have religious beliefs, and the role these beliefs can or should play in the life of individuals and of society.
’A very interesting and varied set of contributions to contemporary debates within the Philosophy of Religion.’ T.J. Mawson, Oxford University, UK ’This fine collection of papers from a religiously diverse and international group of philosophers provides a solid sample of the topics and themes in contemporary philosophy of religion. Including established and newer scholars, the anthology covers a variety of issues, from standard concerns about the epistemology of religion to newer reflections on cognitive science. Experts in the field and those newly interested in these topics will find much to learn from and ponder in its pages.’ Alan G. Padgett, Luther Seminary, USA
Philosophy of religion is undergoing a fascinating period of development and transformation. Public interest is growing as the power of religion for both good and ill is becoming ever more apparent, as energetic forms of atheism open up the public imagination to many philosophical questions about God, and as fresh perspectives and questions arise due to the unprecedented level of interaction between different religious faiths. The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion harnesses, reflects and further promotes these interests, within the UK and internationally. The BSPR is the UK's main forum for the interchange of ideas in the philosophy of religion. This series, in association with the BSPR, presents books devoted to themes of major concern within the field of philosophy of religion - books which will significantly shape contemporary debate around key themes both nationally and internationally.