What is This Thing Called Philosophy of Religion?

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Elizabeth Burns
  • New York, NY: 
    , May
     240 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jack Read forthcoming.


What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion? grapples with the core topics studied on philosophy of religion undergraduate courses including:

  • the meaning of religious language, including 20th century developments
  • the nature of the Divine, including divine power, wisdom and action 
  • arguments for the existence of the Divine
  • challenges to belief in the Divine, including the problems of evil, divine hiddenness and religious diversity
  • believing without arguments
  • arguments for life after death, including reincarnation.

In addition to the in-depth coverage of the key themes within the subject area Elizabeth Burns explores the topics from the perspectives of the five main world religions, introducing students to the work of scholars from a variety of religious traditions and interpretations of belief.

What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion? is the ideal introduction for those approaching the philosophy of religion for the first time, containing many helpful student-friendly features, such as a glossary of important terms, study questions and further reading.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Elizabeth Burns was a Reader at Heythrop College, University of London, UK where she taught philosophy of religion from 2000—2017 and was, for five years, Dean of Undergraduate Studies. She is now a Reader and Programme Director of the University of London International Programmes in Theology at the central University of London and Director of Taught Programmes at the Cambridge Theological Federation, UK.

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