Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

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Overview

This book is written for those coming to philosophy for the first time. It explains the nature of philosophical inquiry and discusses traditional philosophical questions about the existence of God, miracles, creationism, the truth of the Bible, science, and the problem of evil.

The argument of the book suggests that the attempt to find historical and scientific proof for religious beliefs is bound to fail and so is the attempt to disprove religion by scientific and historical evidence. The view that religion is best understood as a way of life and not in competition with science at all is illustated by examples from literature and the visual arts.

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"This is vintage Tilghman: accessible, good examples, and down to earth. The book will be an eminently useful primer." R. T. Herbert, University of Oregon

"An engaging text; it offers students an accessible introduction to the arguments and history of the field." Charles Taliaferro, St Olaf College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631189381
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/13/1994
  • Series: Introducing Philosophy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248

Meet the Author

B. R. Tilghman is Professor of Philosophy, Kansas State University. His books include But is it Art? (Blackwell Publishers, 1984) and Wittgenstein, Ethics and Aesthetics (1991).

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Table of Contents

Preface: Addressed to the Instructor
Introduction 1
1 Philosophy and Religion: Tracing Our Origins 10
2 The Existence of God 46
3 The Bible, Truth, and History 97
4 Religion and Science 132
5 Religion and Ethics 174
6 Religion, Life, and Philosophy 200
Index 232
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