Faith and Reason / Edition 2

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Overview

By practising a particular religion, a person seeks to achieve some or all of three goals - that he worships and obeys God, gains salvation for himself, and helps others to attain their salvation. But not all religions commend worship, and different religions have different conceptions of salvation. Faced with these differences, Richard Swinburne argues that we should practice that religion which has the best goals and whose creed is more probably true than the creeds of other religions. He proposes criteria by which to determine the probabilities of different religious creeds, and he argues that, while requiring total commitment, faith does not demand fully convinced belief.
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"Swinburne's discussion offers the most sustained, and perhaps the most interesting, treatment of these and related questions from a philosophical perspective in many years....Admirably illustrates the usefulness of an analytic approach to problems in the philosophy of religion."--Religious Studies Review

"Swinburne's lucidity, philosophical breadth and sophistication, excellence in argumentation, and boldness in conviction will set the standard in philosophy of religion for a long time to come."--The Philosophical Review

"[Though] part of a larger series, [The book] can be read and appreciated on its own merit....[Swinburne] communicates well, and the interested philosophy of religion student will not only gain information here, but...can see a model of an appropriate philosophical method for our day. I would urge my students to brush up their intellectual skills by reading this book."--Southwestern Journal of Theology

"Fills a needed niche in the study of the philosophy of religion."--Jack Cottrell, Cincinnati Bible Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199283934
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/18/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 565,587
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Oxford University (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Nature of Belief
2. Rational Belief
3. The Value of Rational Religious Belief
4. The Nature of Faith
5. The Purpose of Religion
6. The Role of Creeds
7. The Comparison of Creeds
Epilogue: Faith is Voluntary

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