Critique of Religion and Philosophy

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"The most intellectually exciting modern book on the philosophy of religion."--Anthony Quinton "Since Kaufmann's book is not only well written, but also the only existing text combining detailed understanding, sympathy, and criticism of both existentialism and analytic philosophy, it becomes a 'must' for any man's spiritual medicine cabinet. Add to this a careful critique of neo-orthodoxy, the Higher Criticism, demythologizing, mysticism, Freudian psychology, and certain aspects of Judaism and Buddhism, and the ...

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Overview

"The most intellectually exciting modern book on the philosophy of religion."--Anthony Quinton "Since Kaufmann's book is not only well written, but also the only existing text combining detailed understanding, sympathy, and criticism of both existentialism and analytic philosophy, it becomes a 'must' for any man's spiritual medicine cabinet. Add to this a careful critique of neo-orthodoxy, the Higher Criticism, demythologizing, mysticism, Freudian psychology, and certain aspects of Judaism and Buddhism, and the intellectual treat is obvious."--Commentary "Kaufmann's discussion, which is lively, extensive in scope, and erudite, contains much to stimulate the philosopher and still more that will give the sincere Christian believer many headaches."--Mind "A splendid critique of Christianity….A Christian should take this book to a quiet place and enter into a genuine dialogue with it. If it does not make a better man out of him, Kaufmann can hardly be blamed."--Theology Today

A classic in the philosophy of religion, this book deals with the problems which arise in the analysis of religion through the methods of philosophy and psychology.

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Religious Studies Review
It would be hard to find a better example of modern atheistic philosophy's love affair with religion, or a more poignant one of the effort of a modern intellectual to keep the faith while eschewing belief.
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"It would be hard to find a better example of modern atheistic philosophy's love affair with religion, or a more poignant one of the effort of a modern intellectual to keep the faith while eschewing belief."Religious Studies Review

"The most intellectually exciting modern book on the philosophy of religion."—Anthony Quinton

"Since Kaufmann's book is not only well written, but also the only existing text combining detailed understanding, sympathy, and criticism of both existentialism and analytic philosophy, it becomes a 'must' for any man's spiritual medicine cabinet. Add to this a careful critique of neo-orthodoxy, the Higher Criticism, demythologizing, mysticism, Freudian psychology, and certain aspects of Judaism and Buddhism, and the intellectual treat is obvious."Commentary

"Kaufmann's discussion, which is lively, extensive in scope, and erudite, contains much to stimulate the philosopher and still more that will give the sincere Christian believer many headaches."Mind

"A splendid critique of Christianity. A Christian should take this book to a quiet place and enter into a genuine dialogue with it. If it does not make a better man out of him, Kaufmann can hardly be blamed."Theology Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691020013
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1979
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 987,748
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    Superb study of religion and philosophy

    Theologically-minded critics often attack Richard Dawkins for not covering theology in detail. However, they should note that the job of demolishing the tottering edifice of theology has already been done, and superbly, by Walter Kaufmann. In this superb book he analyses the writings of the most prominent modern theologians, among others, and shows how their thought is backward, uninspired and unhelpful. This is a book that should be resurrected to the fame it deserves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2001

    Walter Kaufmann (1921-1980)

    Dr. Kaufmann's humbition (his coinage for humility and ambition) to make people see 'beyond black and white' is beautifully revealed in all his books including the 'Critique of Religion and Philosophy'. He explains how theology is dead despite its desperate measures to incorporate the philosophy of different ages from Aristotle to Heidegger in its Procrustean exegesis of the bible. The New Testament, seen as a theology of Jesus' four apostles! He sheds light on veils of truth - subjective and objective -, the difference between truth and correctness, and belief and atheism to lay bare the complacent simple mindedness of such classifications. The concept of great philosophy has been shown to exist between positivism and existentialism, poetry and science, and a few philosophers' total disregard for psychology and a psychologist's over-interpretation. He compares various religions and scriptures for their humane, authoritarian, poetic and moral aspects, hints at Greek tragedy and shows what timeless appeal there is in their Weltanschauungs 'to man's ontological interest.' The author of this book, dares his readers to read well, and to reread; to think, and to rethink, more openly and vigorously. He aptly called himself 'a disciple of the sarcastic Socrates.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2000

    A fantastic critique

    Kaufmann scores again with this well-written critique of philosophy and religion (and psychology). It isn't too convoluted and is easily understandable and enjoyable. At times, it's even humorous. It's basically a collection of 100 aphorisms leading to a central theme. A must for anyone interested in a philosophical quandry into religion or the role of philosophy itself.

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