In this book Anthony O’Hear examines the reasons that are given for religious faith. His approach is firmly within the classical tradition of natural theology, but an underlying theme is the differences between the personal Creator of the Bible or the Koran and a God conceived of as the indeterminate ground of everything determinate. Drawing on several religious traditions and on the resources of contemporary philosophy, specific chapters analyse the nature of religious faith and of religious experience. They examine connections between religion and morality, and religion and human knowledge – the cosmological, teleological and ontological arguments, process thought, and the problem that evil presents for religion. The final chapter returns to the inherently dogmatic nature of religious faith and concludes that rational people should look beyond religion for the fulfilment of their spiritual needs.
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion Anthony O'Hear. experience has had such and such an experience. As C.B. Martin has shovVn admirably in his careful analysis of religious experience (1959, Ch. 5.) ...
Author: Anthony O'Hear
Examines the reasons that are given for religious faith. The approach of the book is firmly within the classical approach of natural theology, but an underlying theme is to spell out the differences between the personal creator of the Bible and the Koran.
The approach of the book is firmly within the classical approach of natural theology, but an underlying theme is to spell out the differences between the personal creator of the Bible and the Koran.
Author: Anthony O'Hear
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
Belief in God answers two questions: What, if anything, is it that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreeing about when they join in claiming that there is a God? and What, if any, prospects are there for rationally defending or attacking this claim? A highly accessible and engaging introduction to the philosophy of religion, this book offers full coverage of the key issues, from ideas about God's nature and character to arguments for and against his existence. Author T. J. Mawson makes striking new claims and defends or attacks established positions in original ways. His conversational style, lively wit, and enlightening examples make Belief in God simultaneously instructive, thought-provoking, and enjoyable to read.
Cf. W. Rowe, 'Religious Experience and the Principle of Credulity', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 13 (1982); G. Gutting, ... Cf. A. O'Hear, Experience, Explanation and Faith (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984), ch. 2.
Author: T. J. Mawson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Losing One's Religion : A Student Experience By Henry Thomas Colestock T HERE is one word that some of the student . ... for , antagonism between his religious beliefs lacking this word of explanation , we and his growing knowledge .
Category: United States
Taking both knowledge of evolution and belief in God as Creator into account, Henriksen's Life, Love, and Hope articulates a vision for understanding the relationship between God and human experience in contemporary terms. Henriksen maintains that evolutionary theory does not account for all that can and must be said about human life and experience. Conversely, he also argues that any belief in God as Creator can be informed and deepened by knowledge of evolution.--Publisher's website.
Usually, this latter form of the explanation of belief, based on experiences of a possible transcendence, is what religious people — and theologians — employ in their approaches to religion to a smaller or larger degree.
Author: Jan-Olav Henriksen
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
To define and explore contemporary philosophical critiques of Christian belief is the purpose of this book, which arises out of a conference held at Princeton Theological Seminary. In a frank and extensive confrontation, outstanding philosophers and theologians met to search for greater clarity on some important issues in the philosophy of religion. The book contains the papers written for the conference, the prepared criticism, and excerpts from the debates. The discussions revolved around the experiential grounds of religious belief; the question as to what conclusions may legitimately be drawn from religious experience; the "emptiness" or otherwise of Christian belief and ethic in the modern world; the Freudian explanation of faith; and the Barthian defense of Christianity.
Of course there are different sorts of experiences which have been so construed , and a complete discussion would have ... Then , by invoking the familiar concepts of fixation and General explanations of theistic belief would not have ...
Author: John Hick
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion is an indispensable resource for students and scholars. Covering historical and contemporary figures, arguments, and terms, it offers an overview of the vital themes that make philosophy of religion the growing, vigorous field that it is today. It covers world religions and sources from east and west. Entries have been crafted for clarity, succinctness, and engagement. This second edition includes new entries, extended coverage of non-Christian topics, as well as revisions and updates throughout. The first edition was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year.
Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. O'Hear, Anthony. Experience, Explanation, and Faith: An Introduction to the Philosophy Religion. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1984.
Author: Charles Taliaferro
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
A veritable who's who in the field of contemporary philosophy of religion here considers various issues in the epistemology of religious beliefs. The writings of William P. Alston, the leading figure in the revival of the Anglo-American philosophy of religion, provide the focus of these essays, all but two previously unpublished. Philosophers of religion, meta-physicians, epistemologists, and theologians will find in this volume some of the most important work available in the theory of knowledge and the epistemic status of religious belief.
The specific role of religious experience is as a datum for explanation—a datum that, it is alleged, cannot equally well be explained by nonreligious hypotheses and perhaps not by alternative religious hypotheses.
Author: Thomas D. Senor
Publisher: Cornell University Press
The contributors to this book explore how 'bringing the social back into the sociology of religion' allows a better understanding of contemporary religious life. They do so by engaging with social theories and addressing issues of epistemology and scientific reflexivity.
“From religious sociology to sociology of religion: toward globalization?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 39(4): 433–447. Durkheim, Émile. 1982. ... Experience, explanation and faith. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Jewish thinkers throughout the ages have been as passionate in their concern about the meaning and nature of faith as Christian theologians. This is a lucid and profound examination of Jewish approaches to belief, by a controversial and respected scholar who analyses the nature of God through a critical study of all vital philosophical sources. We are shown the conflicts--and how they are resolved--between rational and traditional views on faith, between instinctive acceptance and a more sophisticated, polemical approach. The views of mediaeval and modern theologians, Christian and Jewish (Kabbalists, religious existentialists, fundamentalists, mystics) are appraised and contrasted in the most open-minded manner. Of special interest, perhaps, is the understanding critique of the Freudian and Marxist opposition to belief in a deity. On a more mundane level, those seeming contradictions in the structure of existence which confound most men, such as the problem of evil, are analyzed in a way that is both practical and heartening. Dr. Jacobs has succeeded in demonstrating, to readers of all faiths, that particular nature of Judaism which is both universalistic and, at the same time, deeply concerned about the individual.
But if there is no God how is this unique kind of experience to be explained ? It is fallacious to argue that the mere fact of men having the experience is in itself a validation of the Theistic position . The experience may be real ...
Author: Louis Jacobs
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers