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Contemporary Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction (Contemporary Philosophy) 1st Edition

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"Taliafero’s work is a major contribution. It shows mastery of the field, the capacity to think creatively within it, and and usual ability to write clear and engaging prose. This book will quickly become an indispensable teaching tool." Paul J. Griffiths, University of Chicago

"Taliafero’s book combines a staggering breadth of research with a careful attention to organization and development the result is an extremely helpful map of the conceptual landscape in contemporary philosophy of religion." Patricia Sayre, Saint Mary’s College

"Taliafero has written a lively, engaging introduction to contemporary philosophy of religion. It combines current ‘front-burner’ issues with a solid background of traditional themes, and incorporates welcome attention to non-Western religious traditions." William Hasker, Huntington College

"Taliafero provides and open-minded and stimulating introduction which will encourage readers to form their own views about some of the deepest issues confronting human beings." Roger Trigg, University of Warwick

"While he places at the center of the book the philosophical articulation of theism and theistic themes, author Taliafero develops these themes in conversation with four other living world religion, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, an Buddhism, and with various atheistic or agnostic challenges to them. This is first-rate book and will be useful in the classroom." Michael Beaty, Baylor University

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This volume provides a vivid and engaging introduction to contemporary philosophy of religion. It is distinctive in its coverage of world religions, its emphasis on the social and ethical consequences of religious and political convictions, and its focus on the current state of the field. Topics include the nature of religion, the relation of religious faith and evidence, alternative concepts of God, religious views of good and evil, religious tolerance, the possibility of an alternative and divine incarnation, religious diversity and experience.

Including discussion questions and suggestions for further reading, the volume provides an excellent basis for an undergraduate course in the philosophy of religion.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557864497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557864499
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2000
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Charles Taliaferro masterfully executes an in-depth and well-structured overview of philosophical theology in this single edition. His writing shines with an intimate knowledge of the subjects at hand, and he still manages to keep the topics objectified in a manner conducive to letting the reader from his or her own opinions concerning the religious pluralism discussed in the book. He is admired by many in the field as one of the formost authorities on religious philosophy, and after having read his book, I have no doubt in my mind as to why.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Berel Dov Lerner on January 8, 2002
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Taliaferro's book is clearly written while managing to maintain an astonishingly high ratio of ideas and arguments to number of pages. It goes beyond explaining the material traditionally covered in philosophy of religion courses to include mention of many recent and interesting developments in the field. Lecturers who use less challenging texts for their introductory courses in philosophy of religion may benefit by following its well-structured presentations in the preparation of their own lectures.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By not me VINE VOICE on December 25, 2009
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The good news: "Contemporary Philosophy of Religion" is a broad, readable survey of recent analytic philosophy of religion. The author is a Christian but doesn't grind axes. The book would be good for undergraduates if supplemented with an anthology of classic and modern readings.

The bad news: "Contemporary Philosophy of Religion" doesn't cover any issue in depth, even though it is more than 400 pages long. Few arguments are pursued for more than a few pages. The text often bogs down in an artificial argument/counterargument structure, reminiscent of high school debates. Contemporary philosophers like Plantinga and Mackie are well-covered, but pre-20th cenutury giants like Aquinas, Spinoza, or Hume are barely mentioned.

The really bad news: "Contemporary Philosophy of Religion" exudes a sunny confidence that analytically-trained theists have lately made headway on intractable issues like the "passibility" of God. This may be the 21st century, but in some circles angels still dance on pins. At times I wanted to close the book and shout, "How can anyone possibly KNOW that...[God transcends time, God is perfectly free, God feels human sufferings, etc., etc., etc.,]?" Unless you think philosophy has much to say about these mysteries, you can take a pass on much of this book.
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