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Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction
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Tim Bayne
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Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Tim Bayne


Oxford University Press

Religion & beliefs;
Philosophy of religion


160 pages

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What is the philosophy of religion? How can we distinguish it from theology on the one hand and the psychology/sociology of religious belief on the other? What does it mean to describe God as "eternal"? And should religious people want there to be good arguments for the existence of God, or is religious belief only authentic in the absence of these good arguments?

In this Very Short Introduction Tim Bayne introduces the field of philosophy of religion, and engages with some of the most burning questions that philosophers discuss. Considering how "religion" should be defined, and whether we even need to be able to define it in order to engage in the philosophy of religion, he goes on to discuss whether the existence of God matters. Exploring the problem of evil, Bayne also debates the connection between faith and reason, and the related question of what role reason should play in religious contexts. Shedding light on the relationship between science and religion, Bayne finishes by considering the topics of reincarnation and the afterlife.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

By:   Tim Bayne
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 175mm,  Width: 115mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   126g
ISBN:   9780198754961
ISBN 10:   0198754965
Series:   Very Short Introductions
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   March 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tim Bayne is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University (Melbourne), having taught previously at Macquarie University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford. He has published widely in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of religion, and is the author of The Unity of Consciousness (OUP, 2010) and Thought: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2013).

This lucid, rigorously argued book will gratify religious believers on one page only to unsettle them on the next, a sign of its admirable even-handedness. * Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Visiting Professor in English, University of Lancaster *

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