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The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

Edited By

Graham Oppy

ISBN 9781138574052
Published October 13, 2017 by Routledge
498 Pages

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Book Description

Philosophy of religion has experienced a renaissance in recent times, paralleling the resurgence in public debate about the place and value of religion in contemporary Western societies. The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into seven parts:

  • theoretical orientations
  • conceptions of divinity
  • epistemology of religious belief
  • metaphysics and religious language
  • religion and politics
  • religion and ethics
  • religion and scientific scrutiny.

Within these sections central issues, debates and problems are examined, including: religious experience, religion and superstition, realism and anti-realism, scientific interpretation of religious texts, feminist approaches to religion, religion in the public square, tolerance, religion and meta-ethics, religion and cognitive science, and the meaning of life. Together, they offer readers an informed understanding of the current state of play in the liveliest areas of contemporary philosophy of religion.

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion is essential reading for students and researchers of philosophy of religion from across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Theoretical Orientations 

1. Feminist Approaches to Religion Beverley Clack 

2. Phenomenological Approaches to Religion John Manoussakis 

3. Postmodern Approaches to Religion Nick Trakakis 

4. New Atheist Approaches to Religion Trent Dougherty and Logan Paul Gage 

5. Wittgensteinian Approaches to Religion Genia Schönbaumsfeld 

6. Fundamentalist Approaches to Religion Harriet Harris 

Part 2: Conceptions of Divinity 

7. Chinese Conceptions of Divinity Karen Lai 

8. Islamic Conceptions of Divinity Imran Aijaz 

9. Hindu Conceptions of Divinity Monima Chadha 

10. Christian Conceptions of Divinity John Bishop 

Part 3: Epistemology of Religious Belief 

11. Religious Experience Jerome Gellman 

12. Religious Faith Mark Wynn 

13. Religious Disagreement Bryan Frances 

14. Religion and Superstition Ed Feser 

Part 4: Metaphysics and Religious Language 

15. Realism and Anti-Realism Michael Scott 

16. Analogy, Metaphor and Literal Language Roger M. White 

17. Scientific Interpretation of Religious Texts David Bartholomew 

18. Metaphysics and Religion Kevin Hart 

Part 5: Religion and Politics 

19. Religious Pluralism Victoria Harrison 

20. Religion in the Public Square Marci Hamilton 

21. Religious Tolerance Mehdi Aminrazavi 

22. Religious Violence Daniel McKaughan 

Part 6: Religion and Ethics 

23. Religion and Metaethics Michael Smith 

24. Religion and Normative Ethics David Oderberg 

25. Religion and the Meaning of Life Neil Levy 

26. Religion and Suffering Michael Levine 

27. Religion and Flourishing Christopher Toner 

Part 7: Religion and Scientific Scrutiny 

28. Religion and Reason Rob Koons 

29. Religion and Cognitive Science Todd Tremlin 

30. Religion and Science Sahotra Sarkar 

31. Religion and Metaphysical Naturalism Neil Manson. 


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Graham Oppy is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University, Australia. He is co-editor of the multivolume work The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, and author of Ontological Arguments and Belief in God, Arguing about Gods, Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity, The Best Argument against God, Reinventing Philosophy of Religion, Describing Gods: An Investigation of Divine Attributes, and co-author of Reading Philosophy of Religion.


"... [A] fine collection and a valuable resource." - Richard Colledge, Australasian Journal of Philosophy