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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2010
This helpful introductory reader from Oxford University Press introduces students to basic issues and thinkers in traditional philosophy of religion. Although primarily analytic in style, the book includes feminist and continental thinkers, as well as a few entries from other-than-Western traditions such as Buddhism. Topics covered include the nature of religion; religious experience; the "arguments about God's existence;" faith and reason; religious language; religion and science; and religious diversity, among others. Thinkers range from such classical examples as Thomas Aquinas to William James in the modern period and Daniel Dennett as a contemporary example. The fourth edition includes extremely helpful introductory essays to each part, as well as an overview of philosophy of religion.

I used this text in an introductory philosophy of religion class, most of whom had not encountered philosophy before. They engaged quite well with the material with some in-class discussion and coaching. One word of caution - don't try to teach the entire book in one quarter!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
I purchased this book for a course I took in 2006, and was greatly pleased. It is one of the few textbooks that I have continued to consult after the course was over. It includes a fairly wide variety of works on most of the important issues in contemporary philosophy of religion. The only issue is that, with the exceptions of an excerpt from Existentialism Is a Humanism and a piece from the current Dalai Lama, the selection of authors is heavily slanted towards analytical philosophy. Given that that was the specialty of the department where I took the course, it's to be expected, but there is a great wealth of continental philosophy of religion that is largely ignored.

Overall, this work is an effective introduction into an analytical approach to the philosophy of religion, with enough other perspectives included to provide a good starting point for other research. A great textbook for any philosophy of religion or religious studies course, that remains a useful reference point outside of the classroom context.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2013
Peterson et. al., strike a fair balance between giving straight primary sources (the bulk of the book) and short, precise commentary to give context and transition. The selections are edited to a very digestible length (often 3-5 pages).

The selections seem to me slightly biased in favor of Western monotheism (arguments for and against) but that is appropriate given the statistics on what kinds of religious people exist in the West. I'd look elsewhere for a critical examination of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Judaism from philosophical writers. I'd look here for a critical examination of theism (Deism, Trinitarianism, unitarianism, spiritualism) and some of its more common expressions in the history of Europe, England, and the U.S.
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on March 8, 2015
Great prices but pretty beat up edition. I have a different definition of good when it comes to condition of books.
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on April 6, 2015
good copy of a great resource for someone who is in a beginner course
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on September 25, 2014
Got the book in the exact condition stated. It was perfect!
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on February 10, 2015
Came exactly as specified! Very nice!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2014
Not much to say here, it's a textbook. It's not dense but it's not exactly an easy read either. If you were assigned this book you probably don't care about reviews though.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2014
Recommended for all students of Philosophy in religious studies. A good companion book to order is Reasons and Religious Beliefs.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2014
It's one of the most important book for who wants to know about philosophy of religion. The titles and the authors are the best.
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