The Philosophy of Religion.


Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

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Philosophy of religion is the philosophical examination of the central themes and concepts involved in religious traditions. For example, “It involves all the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics and value theory, the philosophy of language, philosophy of science, law, sociology, politics, history” (1). In a similar, albeit simpler, explanation Chad Meister informs us that “Philosophy of religion is the philosophical study of the meaning and nature of religion” (2). In contemporary circles the philosophy of religion is an active and robust field of philosophy. The importance of this field is due to the importance of its subject matter, for example, belief in God, alternative beliefs about God, varieties of religious experience, the relationship between science and religion and the relationship between religion and non-religious philosophies. These are undoubtedly, whether one is religious or not, significant questions about our place in the universe since “Religious belief or unbelief…

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