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Philosophy of Religion (4th Edition) 4th Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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