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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Third Edition

Brian Davies

October 2003

ISBN: 9780199263479

344 pages

In Stock

Price: £34.99



What does belief in God amount to? Can we reasonably believe in God's existence without argument or evidence? Can God's existence be proved? Can we believe in miracles? Is there life after death? In this book, Brian Davies provides a critical examination of some fundamental questions posed by religious belief. Completely rewritten in order to cover the latest developments in the field, the new edition of this highly successful textbook will once again prove the ideal introduction for all students of the philosophy of religion.

  • A succinct and clearly written introduction to the subject which covers all the key elements of a course in the philosophy of religion
  • Completely rewritten to cover the latest developments in the field
  • There are three new chapters and new learning aids, including annotated further reading and discussion questions at the end of every chapter
  • Ideally suited for use with a companion volume, Brian Davies' Philosophy of Religion: A Guide and Anthology

New to this edition

  • All of the chapters have been rewritten.
  • There are new chapters on Concepts of God, Divine Simplicity and Divine Omnipotence and Omniscience.
  • There are new learning aids in the form of annotated further reading and discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

About the Author(s)

Brian Davies, Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, New York

Table of Contents

    1:Concepts of God
    2:Philosophy and Religious Belief
    3:Cosmological Arguments
    4:Design Arguments
    5:Ontological Arguments
    6:Experience and God
    7:Talking about God
    8:Divine Simplicity
    9:Omnipotence and Omniscience
    10:God and Evil
    12:Morality and Religion
    13:Life after Death
    General Bibliography


'Davies' book is among the best, if not the best introductions to philosophy of religion. It is engaging, clear, rich in arguments, and provocative. This book provides a wonderful entry point into the field as well as offering the trained scholar some powerful, challenging arguments' - Charles Taliaferro, St Olaf College

'This new edition of Brian Davies' work is written with his usual clarity and will again prove useful to students' - H. O. Mounce, University of Wales, Swansea