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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; First American edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801031206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801031205
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,352,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anthony C. Thiselton (Ph.D., University of Sheffield) is research professor in Christian theology at University College Chester and emeritus professor of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of seven books, including the N.I.G.T.C. commentary on 1 Corinthians, The Two Horizons, and New Horizons in Hermeneutics.

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Dr. Anthony C. Thiselton is professor of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham and Canon Theologian of Leicester Cathedral. His substantial volume on hermeneutics, The Two Horizons, received international acclaim as a standard resource for this growing subject area.

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This is an excellent resource for students and laymen.
Scott David Foutz
Entries are nether excessively lengthy nor overly brief; each one succinctly summarizes its topic in plain terms lay readers can appreciate.
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The author provides essays on an astonishing diverse collection of topics and religious/philosophical ideas.
Mike Robinson

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott David Foutz on June 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Anthony Thiselton is a well known name in evangelical circles for his extensive work in contemporary hermeneutics and exegesis through titles such as "New Horizons in Hermeneutics" (1992), "Two Horizons" (1980), and the more recent "The First Epistle to the Corinthians" (2000; New International Greek Testament Commentary Series). Thiselton's most recent work is a compendium of his insights into major figures and trends within contemporary hermeneutical, theological and philosophical thought. And students of these contemporary issues will not be disappointed with the timeliness and depth of the topics covered.
"A Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion" is precisely that; an encyclopedia containing over 300 entries and sub-entries relevant to any informed discussion of philosophy of religion. In addition to the classic figures generally present in such discussions, Thiselton brings to the table all those others who are just as relevant and crucial to contemporary discussions. Although it is more than tempting to list all the names covered by Thiselton, I will list only a few I was quick to look up: Austin, Ayer, Barthes, Bergson, Chisholm, Derrida, Hartshorne, Henry, Husserl, Levinas, Malcolm, Plantinga, Quine, Swinburne, Whitehead, and Wolterstorff.
All of Thiselton's articles are cross-referenced to allow you to find other topics related to your inquiry within the encyclopedia. He also intentionally explains "virtually every unfamiliar technical term, and will introduce unfamiliar thinkers". This is an excellent resource for students and laymen. I have used this frequently while writing papers or to gain refreshed insight into the thought of a particular figure mentioned in my other readings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derrick A. Peterson on February 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Anthony C. Thistleton is one of the rare thinkers of our generation that has the ability to extend their knowledge over a vast array of philosophical and theological topics, and yet maintain the ability to keep them in focus and synthesize them for the edification of others. His past works, which include Two Horizons in Hermeneutics, its sequel New Horizons in Hermeneutics, and the NIGTC commentary on 1 Corinthians, are all themselves examples of the scholarly level of Thistleton's work, and his latest, A Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion is no dissapointment.

Containing several hundred entries, including (but, of course, not limited to) entries on thinkers such as Riceouer, Barth, Derrida, Foucoult, Pannenberg, Moltmann, Heidegger, Hegel, Feuerbach, Fichte, Aquinas, Augustine, Lyotard, Plantinga, Scotus, and Freud, and entries on various topics such as Evil (e.g. Theodicy), Causality, Contingency, Demythologization, marxist critique of religion, hermeneutics, postmodernism, The Five Ways of Aquinas, etc...

Thistleton is especially strong in areas of explaining post-modern thinkers and hermeneutics, but quite adept in all other areas (except, perhaps, his explanations of eastern philosophies, which he admits is not his strong area, but are nonetheless sufficient for their purpose, and do not seem excessively truncated when compared to the other articles)

The cross-referencing of the articles makes it especially easy, not only to see the interrelations between thinkers and schools, but is a helpful tool for organization that makes accessing the information a snap.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on December 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Somewhere in your personal library there is an encyclopedia or dictionary of philosophy for quick access to terminology and concepts (if you are a student or scholar of philosophy). Anthony Thiselton, for example, compiled "A Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion." The author provides essays on an astonishing diverse collection of topics and religious/philosophical ideas.

This volume has been endorsed by Nicholas Wolterstorff, Craig Bartholomew, and John Webster.

The sagacious Wolterstorff recommends this work with the following comment: "I find it astonishing that anyone today could be so learned in so many fields and that this learning would be so accurate and so lucidly expressed."

The sections are so readable that I found myself partaking of this text like I usually do popular nonfiction books.

The author in this single volume has entries on:

- Analytical philosophy
- Evolution
- Syllogism
- Certainty and doubt
- Popular proofs for the existence of God
- Hermeneutics
- Empiricism
- Science and religion
- Immutability of God
- Myth
- Evil
- Islamic, Jewish, and Hindu philosophy
- and countless other consequential philosophical topics.

This is an outstanding resource offering a wide range of entries in a clear and concise manner. It is marvelous pedagogy and engaging philosophy.

Important figures discussed in this volume are:

- Wittgenstein
- Descartes
- Locke
- Hume
- Kant
- Fichte
- Hick
- Freud
- and numerous other famous key thinkers.

Lucid, solid, dependable, and delightful.
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