Philosophy of Religion: A Critical Introduction, 2nd Edition
March 2014, Polity
The text has been fully revised and updated. The traditional emphasis on the arguments for the existence of God is reflected in a newly extended and reworked investigation into natural theology. Recent developments in the subject are also reflected in updated chapters, and, in a move that highlights the originality of the authors’ approach, they offer a critical engagement with current world events. An entirely new concluding chapter interrogates the connection between religion and terror, and demonstrates how philosophy of religion might be conducted under the terrible shadow of 9/11.
This new edition of The Philosophy of Religion will continue to be essential reading for all students and practitioners of the subject.
Preface to first edition.
Chapter 1: Religious Belief and the Philosophy of Religion.
I What is Religion?.
II The Philosophy of Religion.
III Developing the Concept of God.
Chapter 2: Natural Theology.
I Arguments for the Existence of God.
II The Divine Attributes.
III The Human Dimension of Natural Theology.
Chapter 3: Challenges to Theism.
II Natural Histories of Religion.
III Religious Language and Verification.
Chapter 4: Alternative Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion.
I Revisionary Accounts of God.
II Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Religion.
III Feminism and the Philosophy of Religion.
Chapter 5: Divine Action and Beyond.
Chapter 6: Philosophy of Religion in an Age of Terror.
I Religious Belief and Terrorism.
II Terror, Transience and the Human Animal: Towards a Humanist Revision of Religion.
Brian Clack is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego.
- Is widely adopted both at A level and 1st year undergraduate level.
- Covers all of the specification for the revised philosophy of religion option at A level and assumes no previous knowledge of philosophy.
- The new edition includes an entirely new final chapter on religion and terrorism, and discusses the implications of 9/11 for the study of the philosophy of religion.
Religious Studies Review
"The Clacks have produced a clear, systematic, highly critical
approach to philosophy of religion, covering the traditional and
contemporary issues in the field, as well as offering more
attention to the naturalist critique of traditional religious
Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College