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Philosophy of Religion (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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A contemporary introduction to the main topics in the philosophy of religion -- written by a world-renowned philosopher.

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Revision features an updated discussion on the main topics in the philosophy of religion: the concept of God - grounds for belief in God - ground for disbelief in God - the problem of evil - revelation and faith - problems of religious language - the conflicting falsifiability of religious assertions - the conflicting truth-claims of different religions - human destiny and more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (November 20, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136626289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136626282
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. B. Meadowcroft on January 23, 2000
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Hick has provided an astonishingly lucid analysis of all the major areas of Philosophy of Religion. This text is ideal for anyone studying the subject at higher or university level, who wants a sound overview of the theistic proofs, problem of evil, miracles, and western and eastern after-life traditions. My only caveat would be that his analysis of Religious Language can sometimes be too brief and thus slightly misleading (eg his section on Language Games). As a teacher, I recommend this book very highly.
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John Hick's Philosophy of Religion first published in the early 1960s remains a classic introduction to the philosophy of religion. I offer the following thoughts for potential readers.

In this small work (approx 140 pages), Hick effectively touches on most of the leading issues within the field. Although the author has some well-known, and at times provocative, views, in this work he employs an agnostic position that is well suited to an introductory text. The approach is clearly centred on the Christian view of God, however, it does include a brief discussion of related topics such as parapsychology and religious pluralism (readers interested in the latter can see some of Hick's later work).

Though I do not share all of Hick's more speculative views (expressed in other writings) - this is an outstanding starting point for readers interested in the philosophy of religion. It is clear, concise and tightly edited with good recommendations for further reading.

Overall, this is an outstanding overview from one of the best communicators in the field.
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John Harwood Hick (1922-2012) was a philosopher of religion and theologian who taught at a number of universities, and wrote/edited many other books such as Evil and the God of Love, The Existence of God, The Myth of God Incarnate, etc. (NOTE: I am here reviewing the 1973 Second edition of this book.)

He said in the Introduction, "A complete treatise on the philosophy of religion would have to investigate the nature or religion in general and would deal with all the main ideas of the many different religions. It is not possible in this short book to undertake either of these tasks... We shall accordingly be considering the philosophical questions provoked by the religious ideas that lie behind our western Atlantic civilization and that still form the main religious options within our culture." (Pg. 3)

He observes, "As David Hume points out in his discussion of analogical reasoning, the fact that there is only one universe precludes our making probable judgments about it. If---impossibly---we knew that there were a number of universes (for example, ten) and if in addition we knew that (say) half of them were God-produced and half not, we could deduce that the probability of our own universe being God-produced would be one in two. However... clearly no reasoning based upon the frequency theory of probability is possible concerning its character." (Pg.
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In this discipline you need an erudite but also readable guide - there are few that compare to Professor Hick in this regard. His style is a model for any student to emulate, and this third edition of his standard intro is both readably brief while technically on the mark as ever. I recommend it heartily to any student seeking a learned guide.
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Hick's Philosophy of Religion, a thin volume of analytic philosophy, actually changed my life. Having been staunchly raised as a naive but bright member of a General Association of Regular Baptist church, I picked up Hick's Philosophy of Religion in a used bookstore (Bookseller's Row) in Chicago in 1990. Its rational, deliberative approach combined with a seemingly wild open-mindedness towards religious doctrine was what cracked open the worlds of religion, philosophy, history, and literature to an impressionable college student. Later that year, I would echo one of Hick's arguments in a question to philosopher Richard Swinbourne, whose predictable Oxfordian condescension did the opposite of discouraging me.
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Arrived in nice order, a little bit of writing in it but not bad.. I mean you can't go wrong for $4.99!
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