Religions, Reasons and Gods: Essays in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Religion

Religions, Reasons and Gods: Essays in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Religion

by John Clayton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521126274

ISBN-13: 9780521126274

Pub. Date: 01/14/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Traditional theistic proofs are often understood as evidence intended to compel belief in a divinity. John Clayton explores the surprisingly varied applications of such proofs in the work of philosophers and theologians from several periods and traditions, thinkers as varied as Ramanuja, al-Ghazali, Anselm, and Jefferson. He shows how the gradual disembedding of…  See more details below

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Traditional theistic proofs are often understood as evidence intended to compel belief in a divinity. John Clayton explores the surprisingly varied applications of such proofs in the work of philosophers and theologians from several periods and traditions, thinkers as varied as Ramanuja, al-Ghazali, Anselm, and Jefferson. He shows how the gradual disembedding of theistic proofs from their diverse and local religious contexts is concurrent with the development of natural theologies and atheism as social and intellectual options in early modern Europe and America. Clayton offers a fresh reading of the early modern history of philosophy and theology, arguing that awareness of such history, and the local uses of theistic argument, offer important ways of managing religious and cultural difference in the public sphere. He argues for the importance of historically grounded philosophy of religion to the field of religious studies and public debate on religious pluralism and cultural diversity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521126274
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/14/2010
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Editorial preface; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; 1. Claims, contexts and contestability; Part I. Reason and Religious Pluralism: 2. Thomas Jefferson and the study of religion; 3. Common ground and defensible difference; 4. Religions, reasons and gods; Part II. Theistic Arguments in Pre-Modern Contexts: 5. Ramanuja, Hume and 'comparative philosophy'; 6. Piety and the proofs; 7. The otherness of Anselm; Part III. Theistic Arguments in Early-Modern Contexts: 8. The debate about God in early-modern French philosophy; 9. The debate about God in early-modern German philosophy; 10. The debate about God in early-modern British philosophy; 11. Beyond the 'enlightenment project'?; Appendix. The 1997 Hulsean sermon; Bibliography; Index.

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