The Philosophy of ReligionA Critical Introduction
The Philosophy of Religion
A Critical Introduction, 3rd Edition

For over twenty years, Beverley Clack and Brian R. Clack's distinctive and thought-provoking introduction to the philosophy of religion has been of enormous value to students and scholars, providing an approach to the subject that is bold and refreshingly alternative.

This revised and updated edition retains the accessibility which makes the book popular, while furthering its distinctive argument regarding the human dimension of religion. The central emphasis of the philosophy of religion – the concept of God, and the arguments for and against God's existence – is reflected in thorough analyses, while alternative approaches to traditional philosophical theism are explored. The treatments of both the miraculous and immortality have been revised and expanded, and the concluding chapter updates the investigation of how philosophy of religion might be conducted in an age defined by religious terrorism.

Clear, systematic and highly critical, the third edition of The Philosophy of Religion will continue to be essential reading for students and scholars of this fascinating and important subject.

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  • April 2019 (pb)
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  • 283 pages
  • 171 x 246 mm / 7 x 10 in
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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

1 Religious Belief and the Philosophy of Religion

2 Natural Theology

3 Challenges to Theism

4 Alternative Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion

5 Miracles and Immortality

6 Philosophy of Religion in an Age of Terror

Notes

Index

About the Author

Beverley Clack is Professor in the Philosophy of Religion at Oxford Brookes University.

Brian R. Clack is Professor of Philosophy and A. Vassiliadis Director of the Humanities Center at the University of San Diego.

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Reviews

"An engaging and accessible book which gives a clear critical account of some of the standard topics in philosophy of religion, and also includes stimulating discussion of how religious belief relates to the very human problems of identity, transience and mortality."
John Cottingham, University of Reading

"This lucid introduction goes beyond the common approaches in Anglo-American philosophy of religion to include engagements with contemporary social movements (feminism, religious violence). The presentations of the usual topics – God's existence and attributes, miracles, evil, death and immortality – show clearly and fairly the shapes of the debates on these issues. By basing their approach in religion as a human (but not always humane) experience, the Clacks provide a splendid path into the field."
Terrence W. Tilley, Fordham University

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