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Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Tim Bayne

February 2018

ISBN: 9780198754961

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Philosophy of religion contains some of our most burning questions about the role of religion in the world, and the relationship between believers and God. Tim Bayne considers the core debates surrounding the concept of God; the relationship between faith and reason; and the problem of evil, before looking at reincarnation and the afterlife.

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Philosophy of religion contains some of our most burning questions about the role of religion in the world, and the relationship between believers and God. Tim Bayne considers the core debates surrounding the concept of God; the relationship between faith and reason; and the problem of evil, before looking at reincarnation and the afterlife.

  • Introduces the contentious and challenging field of philosophy of religion in clear, accesible prose
  • Examines the nature of religious language, and how this influences understandings of religious texts and beliefs
  • Discusses the concept of God, providing an overview of the most influential arguments for the existence of God
  • Explores the relationship between faith and reason, and considers what role reason should play in religious contexts
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over 9 million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Tim Bayne, Professor of Philosophy, Monash University

Tim Bayne is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University (Melbourne), having taught previously at Macquarie University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford. He has published widely in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of religion, and is the author of The Unity of Consciousness (OUP, 2010) and Thought: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2013).

Table of Contents

    1: What is the philosophy of religion?
    2: The concept of God
    3: Arguments for God's existence
    4: Faith and silence
    5: The problem of evil
    6: The roots of religion
    7: Speaking of God
    8: The Afterlife
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"A lively but brief survey of the major elements of religious philosophy, laying out short but understandable paragraph-length explanations of various arguments, and then the competing counterarguments. [Bayne] wisely draws no conclusions, and instead creates a foundation for further exploration, which is ultimately the goal of the many different titles in the Very Short Introduction series." - Kevin Folkman, The Association for Mormon Letters

"A great thought-provoking book. Recommended." - Frost Magazine

"This lucid, rigorously argued book will gratify religious believers on one page only to unsettle them on the next, a sign of its admirable even-handedness." - Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Visiting Professor in English, University of Lancaster