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"Both Schellenberg's treatment of skepticism and his argument for principles of evaluation are superb and will draw wide attention. Indeed, the lucid writing and well-constructed arguments of this engaging, honest book draw readers into thinking and arguing of their own. Highly recommended."―Choice, April 2006

"Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion exhibits the characteristic virtues of J. L. Schellenberg's philosophizing. It is beautifully organized and clearly expounded. It goes into the issues it treats in great detail. It is loaded with acute and ingenious argumentation. Furthermore it is a work of great originality. This book is indispensable reading for everyone engaged, at whatever level, in the philosophy of religion."―William P. Alston, author of Beyond"Justification": Dimensions of Epistemic Evaluation

"J. L. Schellenberg has written an original and provocative book. I strongly recommend it."―William J. Wainwright, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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"Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion exhibits the characteristic virtues of J. L. Schellenberg's philosophizing. It is beautifully organized and clearly expounded. It goes into the issues it treats in great detail. It is loaded with acute and ingenious argumentation. Furthermore it is a work of great originality. This book is indispensable reading for everyone engaged, at whatever level, in the philosophy of religion." -William P. Alston, author of Beyond "Justification": Dimensions of Epistemic Evaluation
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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (September 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080144358X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801443589
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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One definition of "prolegomena" reads thus: "a preliminary discussion, especially a formal essay introducing a work of considerable length or complexity." No wonder I'm the first to review this superb book! Even if a reader knows what the first word of its title means, the meaning is bound to intimidate with its promise of a far larger and more complex enterprise. Therefore, reader, it is my pleasure to tell you, as briefly and simply as I can, that J.L. Schellenberg's book (together with the two promised volumes which follow it) opens up a universe of thoughtful inquiry into religion that is so rich, so generous, so lucid and compassionate, that were I a believing person I would thank God for it. I make this subjunctive statement to illuminate just one of the myriad conditions of religious belief (or disbelief) the author undertakes to analyze, with systematic and magisterial thoroughness. Schellenberg makes the point early and often that he is not practicing theology, but rather "the philosophy of religion." As a philosopher, he cannot afford to take anything for granted, not one blessed (or damned) thing. What is so thrilling about Schellenberg's project is its uncanny combination of vastness and intimacy. With Talmudic insistence and argumentation, the Prolegomena leaves not one single mindful stone unturned. It is very precisely not blasphemous to suggest that the Prolegomena aspires to a condition of divine omniscience--or at least an Olympian purview--wherein the entire panorama of possible states of human feeling about religion becomes open and available to the observer. After finishing the book, just for the fun of it, I tried a thought experiment. I asked myself if Schellenberg had overlooked anything, had perhaps neglected some dark corner of philosophical-religious inquiry.Read more ›
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