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The concern of this book is the nature of religious belief and the ways in which philosophical enquiry is related to it. Six chapters present the positive arguments the author wishes to put forward to discusses religion and rationality, scepticism about religion, language-games, belief and the loss of belief.
The remaining chapters include criticisms of some contemporary philosophers of religion in the light of the earlier discussions, and the implications for more specific topics, such as religious education, are investigated. The book ends with a general attempt to say something about the character of philosophical enquiry, and to show how important it is to realise this character in the philosophy of religion.
Preface 1. Philosophy, Theology and the Reality of God 2. Faith, Scepticism, and Religious Understanding 3. From World to God? 4. Religious Belief and Philosophical Enquiry 5. Religious Beliefs and Language-Games 6. Belief and Loss of Belief 7. Religion and Epistemology: Some Contemporary Confusions 8. Philosophy and Religious Education 9. Wisdom’s Gods 10. Subjectivity and Religious Truth in Kierkegaard 11. God and Ought 12. On the Christian Concept of Love 13. Faith and Philosophy
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.