Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Religion Revision Features An Updated Discussion On The Main Topics In The Philosophy Of Religion The Concept Of God Grounds For Belief In God Ground For Disbelief In God The Problem Of Evil Revelation And Faith Problems Of Religious Language The Conflicting Falsifiability Of Religious Assertions The Conflicting Truth Claims Of Different Religions Human Destiny And

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  • Paperback
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • John Harwood Hick
  • English
  • 11 October 2017

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    Good Introduction, concise

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    The immediate question this text seeks to answer is What is Philosophy of Religion The importance of this question can not be overstated For many, philosophy is synonymous with religion Perhaps this is because a failure to understand what defines philosophy as opposed to religion Once both definitions are explained and agreed to, then the definition of philosophy of religion becomes philosophical thinking about religion.

    From this preparatory step, one can then understand that philosophy of religion encompasses many questions that are not dependent upon an association with a specific religious doctrine Hence, everyone, from the devout theist to the atheist, can study the concepts of various belief systems, associated phenomena, experiences, and activities from an impersonal perspective This book does a terrific job of explaining this information within the introduction.

    As the work moves through the multitude of philosophical question pertaining to religion, it provides clear steps that define key terms and suggests follow up readings for those interested in exploring the questions further.

    As an introductory text, it fulfills its purpose The problem, of course, is that no text can be written without bias Nor can any text be written inclusive to the profound and often immeasurable amount of various religious beliefs At times, this book does get into some very difficult to explain concepts of religious doctrines specifically, see Chapters 9, 20, and 22 Hence, the text itself could not hope to do anything but gloss over some of the most intricate arguments.

    Overall, I would think that by taking portions of this text and including additional readings from sources found in the book, a clear picture of the questions surrounding Philosophy of Religion can be discussed The danger, of course, lies only in the ability of the interlocutor, free from bias, to discuss the viewpoints presented in this book as candidly as possible This is a book I will keep in my collection and refer as appropriate when discussing diverse religious arguments.

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    I found Hick through reading about Paul Tillich What interested me in Hick is the Soul Making Defense , or formally as the Irenaean theodicy This book is an introduction to Hick s writing for this reader It turned out to be an excellent introduction to the major themes in Philosophy of Religion Hick s writing is direct and plain, yet nicely enlivened by simple and vivid examples, metaphors and analogies This book has met its distinct objective as an educational, foundational pamphlet, mostly on the Judeo Christian religious tradition The following are this reader s notes 1 Definition of religion instead of a universal, essential definition to characterize religion , the author uses Wittgenstein s family resemblance to include a wide range of religious features 2 All the great developed world faith have a soteriological salvation structure they each offer their own way to the Ultimate through faith in response to divine grace or through total self giving to God or though the spiritual discipline and maturing Reader note by this observation, Confucius s Teaching is not among the soteriological structured ones, hence perhaps not a religion 3 In practice, even within a culture is dominated by monotheistic teaching, most people s belief is mostly polytheistic many gods and henotheistic prefer one God out of many Gods of money, of nation, of family, etc, are never quite replaced by the One in monotheistic teaching As Hick said, Hebrew scriptures never fully resolved the struggle with polytheism and henotheism 4 Love eros desiring love, love that is evoked by the desirable quality of the beloved agape the unconditional love through seeking the deepest welfare and fulfillment of the beloved Agape is radically different from eros , and it is this word in connection with God This points to the problem of language in religious text which the author specifically addressed in a whole chapter 5 The problem of Evil and various forms of theodicy 1 Augustinian s evil being the perversion of the Good 2 Irenaean theodicy a two stage development of human race 3 the process theodicy proposed and developed by A N Whitehead, David Griffin etc Modern ideas published in our own time.

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    John Hick is clearly a scholar of both philosophy and religion, and this book demonstrates his encyclopedic knowledge and critical thought in each Early on, Hick comments appropriately on existentialism The language of existentialism tends to be the language of the soul s distress It depicts twentieth century urban life in the industrialized West as the spiritual nightmare that it can be for minds acutely sensitive to the decay of tradition, the collapse of established cultural forms, and the threat of a nuclear holocaust Existentialist literature which includes drama, poetry, novels, autobiography, and psychological description and analysis, as well as formal and systematic discussions expresses the neuroses of an age which finds itself being carried into the unknown on the wheel of immense and bewildering changes 2 This distress can be seen in all aspects of modern artistic expression I agree with Hick that to ignore this philosophical impulse when discussing religion would intentionally ignore a fundamental aspect of modern society.The text unfolds as Hick systematically reviews the various philosophical and logical conceptions of the Judaic Christian concepts of God This book is a deep survey No book of its size could be considered complete, and the language is entirely formulaic That being said, it is a great survey of fundamental assumptions, arguments and criticisms He summarizes Hume s criticisms incredibly well in two pages, as an example Hume who left a vast library of writings mainly without superfluous language Ultimately, after reviewing all of the arguments, he ably concludes, with evidence, that we cannot decisively prove the existence of God here it appears that neither can we decisively disprove his existence Ultimately, Hick appears to have a theistic bias, but I can t determine where this impacts his logic or critical analysis This isn t an enjoyable read, but it is a thoughtful one, and a work that could clearly be useful in a scholastic context.

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    I was advised about reading Philosophy of Religion by an uncle of mine as a response to another post I had put it on my reading list and even got myself a copy but the dry schoolbook like text had put me off the task of reading it for quite a while Eventually I did get to it.The book starts of in a rather dry fashion, but you need to remember that this is primarily an academic text The author goes into great detail about the concept of God as seen in the Judaic Christian way Then he expounds on multiple theories that have been proposed to support and to deny the existence of such a being It was on limited interest to me because I belonged to a household of different faith before turning agnostic But it did shed some very interesting light on the way that human beings tend to see God Towards the end the book did get interesting when it got to the concept of religion and the various contradictory claims by the many religions in the world.The book is in no way exhaustive and I do not suppose any book can ever be comprehensive on such a varied and evolving subject But I felt that the book was primarily designed for the followers of Christian faith in order to understand their religion and God better In parts it was interesting but overall a rather dry book Perhaps it s use is limited to the academia.

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    I have used this book for my philosophy of religion class, and have been very impressed how well this book is written This book illustrates religions very objectively and interestingly Western philosophy and or theology tend to mostly focus on monotheism however, Hick, a British theologian and philosopher, focuses on concepts of Buddhism such as karma and reincarnation He also points out the controversial problems such as existence of evil and God, immortality, the problem of religious language, and so forth In existence of God chapter, he introduces sociological, scientific and Freudian theories, which can be very debatable over, He introduces many philosophers as well as theologians in this book such as Immanuel Kant, Thomas Aquinas, Sigmund Freud, Plato, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Paul Tillich and many Their theories are pretty tough to understand, but Hick explains each of them carefully therefore, if you are interested in philosophy or theology, or both this is the book for you My favorite part of this book is Judaic Christian concepts, because many books, relating to philosophy of religion, do not really cover the Judaic Christianity therefore, it was very interesting for me to read the traditional concepts of Christianity I think this book can be used in both introductory and advanced level because it introduces many kinds of theories as well as throws you tough questions you can think about You may find difficulties of understanding at the beginning, but as you go on reading it you may find things that can release your wonders.

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    Clear and readable, but very brief If doesn t go in detail or depth with regard to explaining or criticizing any theory, point or philosophical position set in this book, which ultimately constitute the book s specific subject of focus, namely Philosophy of Religion That being said, it s a beautiful introductory text to this branch of philosophy, and is worth reading.

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    This is an excellent book He is a great philosopher and writer I can t say enough good things about him I am a huge fan of his work

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