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"...[the book] does contribute to a deeper understanding of what the philosophy of religion has been and is." Lucien J. Richard, OMI

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Taliaferro has written a dynamic narrative history of philosophical reflection on religion from the 17th century to the present, with an emphasis on shifting views of faith and the nature of evidence. The book begins with the movement called Cambridge Platonism, which formed a bridge between the ancient and medieval worlds and early modern philosophy. While the book provides an overview of different movements in philosophy, it also offers a detailed exposition and reflection on key arguments, and the scope is broad from Descartes to contemporary feminist philosophy of religion.

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  • Series: The Evolution of Modern Philosophy
  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521793750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521793759
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David C. Cramer on May 12, 2009
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If this says anything by way of recommendation, let me say that this book is probably the first assigned reading that I have ever willingly and happily gone on to finish after the semester was officially over. It was that engaging.

Interestingly, Taliaferro does not start where one might think--with Descartes--but rather with a group of philosophers often overlooked today, the Cambridge Platonists. This group sounds a lot like the counterparts to the then prevailing Puritans in much the same way contemporary Arminianism is counterpart to the more-or-less prevailing Reformed academia (in evangelical circles at least). Taliaferro draws many interesting insights from this group that become one of the grids for his subsequent discussion of philosophy of religion. (I have heard that Taliaferro is a committed evangelical, and my feeling from reading this book is that he may be quite sympathetic to many of the CambridgePlatonists' views).

In the following chapters Taliaferro works through the usual cycle, covering Descartes, Hume, and Kant, followed by forays into the vast and diverse landscape of philosophy of religion: Hegel and idealism (including that American idealist, Jonathan Edwards), William James and pragmatism, Continental philosophy (Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Ricoeur, Derrida, etc), feminist philosophy, the Vienna Circle and the impact of logical positivism, Wittgenstein, the contemporary renaissance in philosophy of religion (propelled by the likes of Plantinga, Swinburne, etc), pluralistic philosophy of religion (Hick, etc), and finally some contemporary issues facing philosophy of religion: religion and science, the resurgence of theistic arguments and problems, the problem of evil, religion and politics, etc.
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