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Philosophy of Religion: A Critical Introduction Paperback – June 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0745638683 ISBN-10: 0745638686 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 2 edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745638686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745638683
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An extremely accessible narrative for newcomers to the field, the book also provides a critical review for the more advanced."
Religious Studies Review

"The Clacks have produced a clear, systematic, highly critical approach to philosophy of religion, covering the traditional and contemporary issues in the field, as well as offering more attention to the naturalist critique of traditional religious belief."
Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College

From the Back Cover

The first publication of Beverley Clack and Brian R. Clack’s exciting and innovative introduction to the philosophy of religion has been of enormous value to students, as well as providing a bold and refreshing alternative to the standard analytic approaches to the subject. This second edition retains the accessibility which made it popular for both teachers and students, while furthering its distinctive argument that emphasises the human dimension of religion.

The text has been fully revised and updated. The traditional emphasis on the arguments for the existence of God is reflected in a newly extended and reworked investigation into natural theology. Recent developments in the subject are also reflected in updated chapters, and, in a move that highlights the originality of the authors’ approach, they offer a critical engagement with current world events. An entirely new concluding chapter interrogates the connection between religion and terror, and demonstrates how philosophy of religion might be conducted under the terrible shadow of 9/11.

This new edition of The Philosophy of Religion will continue to be essential reading for all students and practitioners of the subject.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
i know that brian did not expect me to read the text when it was given to me, but a nine hour flight doesn't offer a great deal to do. This is a compelling introductory piece that offers insights to questions that many of us fear to consider ourselves. It does so by offering ideas on God and religion, how they are related and what each means to you. It should be a required text for those at the introductory level and will bring about thoughts on the subject that otherwise would have never surfaced. It is masterfully written and stuctured in a manner so even the most elementary theologian/philosopher can read through it with great intrigue.
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Dr. Brian R. Clack has a welcome gift for anyone interested in the philosophy of religion. This book began my study of religion when I was only 15. Today, I keep THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION at hand whenever I need to rejuvinate my passion for this fascinating field of study.
Dr. Clack is particularly skilled at explaining several important key "proofs" for the existence of God. Although his discussion tends to favor the musings of Wittgenstein, his approach to other philosophies is rather comprehensive for a book of this size.
I've read a great deal of other texts since my first read of Clack's book, and I can say that there is no other superior introduction (or revision) to the philosophy of religion than this one. You'll keep it forever and will now have some profound things to say at your next cocktail party.
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By George on June 7, 2013
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Written in a clear and engaging style
Trows a few questions after each section to think about and digest the material better
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By A Customer on January 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best introductions to the philosophy to religion. The book forces the reader to think critically about the principle ideas concerning theology. An excellent buy!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Abraham on May 31, 2010
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The best, most complete and most well written book on the philosophy of religion I have read is "Reason and Religious Belief: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion" by Michael Peterson (Author), William Hasker (Author), Bruce Reichenbach (Author), David Basinger (Author).
I'd get this book first and then get others later if you want to read more on this topic.
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