Philosophy of Religion: A Guide and Anthology 1st Edition

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`A well-chosen selction of readings which include precisely the main topics essential for a constructive course in philosophy of religion. A well-balanced selection.' Professor A C Thiselton, University of Nottingham

`Brian Davies has provided an ideal teaching tool for philosophy of religion courses.' Stephen Priest, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford

`A very comprehensive guide with well chosen extracts from the key thinkers and with good up to date bibiolographies on all important topics.' Professor Paul Badham, University of Wales, Lampeter

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Brian Davies is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. He is a Catholic Priest and Dominican Friar, and is General Editor of the series "Outstanding Christian Thinkers" and the Oxford series "Medieval Minds."
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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019875194X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198751946
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brint Montgomery on December 12, 2001
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There are a host of philosophy of religion books out there, so the question becomes what's the best way to get a well-rounded survey of the field. Davies solution is to pick plenty of articles with, what I perceive to be, a somewhat contemporary slant, and then carefully organize them according to topical groupings with overview-type introductions. Each topical grouping leads naturally into the next grouping, so debates early on are carried forward into new areas. I liked this book as soon as I came into contact with the desk copy, and having now read it, my first impressions were correct: a nice summary and guide for anyone who has already had an Introduction to Philosophy class. A class in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy would be very helpful too, though hardly necessary, for much medieval philosophy still influences issues in contemporary philosophy of religion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth G. Melillo on October 15, 2007
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Philosophy of Religion: A Guide to the Subject

This volume is extremely comprehensive, treating of most of the debated topics involved in a study of philosophy of religion. It is particularly valuable because it combines primary sources (dating back to Plato, with Thomas Aquinas a relative newcomer) with contemporary treatment of the still questioned premises. Brian Davies' introductions to each section are comprehensive, readable, and, though he clearly is a Thomist, present challenges to much traditional thought, Thomas' included.

One major element in the book's favour is that there is a wide scope of perspective. It is not 'selling' one point of view, Christian or otherwise, though the Christian philosophers are well represented. Students who thoroughly pursue this guide will be capable of forming their own arguments and conclusions - based not on 'feeling' or mere doctrine (or lack of same), but on the full range of sources which set forth or refute a particular viewpoint. The treatment of, for example, attributes of God is wide ranging, challenging, and adequate, with Davies' explanation of historical contexts, for the reader to have a solid understanding of concepts which can be highly puzzling.

I would recommend Brian Davies' other anthology, "Philosophy of Religion: A Guide to the Subject" (see link) as a companion volume for those who wish to pursue topics further. That book contains single essays, by prominent contemporary philosophers, each on one topic treated in detail in the Guide and Anthology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 2, 2012
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Brian Davies' "Philosophy of Religion" is a thorough and thought-provoking collection of writings on the philosophy of religion. It doesn't cover every topic out there and definitely has an analytic bent to it. (You can see whether the book will cover topics you are interested in by checking out the table of contents; it seems to focus more on God than religious experience, though not exclusively so.) That said, the introductions are great, the bibliographies of further reading are truly priceless for serious scholars on these topics, and the convenience of having an introduction to so many different takes on these issues is a great help.

The readings do require a certain competency in philosophy or theology. This is not a fault of the book but rather an acknowledgment of what audience the books are geared to. There are many books written to a layperson with no real exposure to academic philosophy/theology; this simply isn't one of those. If you want more of an overview, either instead of or as a companion to this book, I highly recommend An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kwami on September 28, 2011
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I needed this book for my philosophy of religion class and I was glad to find the book at a price that was cheaper than the campus book store. Great condition and has all the same content as the version sold here.
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