The Philosophy of Religion (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) by Basil Mitchell

By Basil Mitchell

This ebook includes a couple of vital readings providing a variety of subject matters within the philosophy of faith.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Philosophy of Religion (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) PDF

Best religious books

The Philosophy of Religion (Oxford Readings in Philosophy)

This publication includes a couple of vital readings providing quite a lot of issues within the philosophy of faith.

The Mask of Anarchy: The Destruction of Liberia and the Religious Roots of an African Civil War

Liberia was once within the headlines in 1990 whilst millions of minor opponents, together with younger males donning women's garments and peculiar items of adornment, laid seige to the capital, Monrovia. in accordance with the predicament, a West African peacekeeping strength, ECONMOG, used to be despatched to stabilize the rustic and forestall the most warlord, Charles Taylor, from coming to energy.

Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Twentieth-Century Britain

This path-breaking multi-faith, multi-disciplinary assortment explores the influence of faith at the formation of guys and masculinities in twentieth-century Britain. Contributions have interaction with the key spiritual denominations together with Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, New non secular events and no-religionism, and mix methodological insights from the heritage of faith and masculinity reviews with theology, psychology, movie experiences, cultural conception and sociology.

The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion

The desire to visualize completes J. L. Schellenberg's trilogy within the philosophy of faith, following his acclaimed Prolegomena to a Philosophy of faith and The knowledge to Doubt. This publication marks a notable reversal in our knowing of the potential for non secular religion. the place different works deal with spiritual skepticism as a lifeless finish, the need to visualize argues that skepticism is the single element from which a formal starting in spiritual inquiry—and in faith itself—can be made.

Additional resources for The Philosophy of Religion (Oxford Readings in Philosophy)

Sample text

This is a pressure derived from (mistaken) logical theory. But theism has a quite different origin; we do not believe in God as a pure spirit because we are told that if Smith and Brown are spiritual beings, pure spirituality must exist-or anything of the kind. The notion of God as a spirit is indeed a category-mistake, or category-transgression, but one deliberately committed to express what we antecedently feel; 48 I. M. CROMBIE and if we antecedently feel something, the category-transgression we deliberately commit to express that feeling has some meaning-that namely, which it is designed to express.

Being somewhere is occupying space, and to occupy space one must have size. The expression 'point', therefore, like the expression 'God', seems to be governed by contradictory rules. Or take proper THEOLOGICAL STATEMENTS 31 names for fictitious characters. ' is to ask a proper question. And yet it can only be answered by statements (such as 'She is the wife of Oberon'); there can never be a situation in which 'That is Titania' is the right thing to say, and that not because one cannot get to fairyland, but because the idea of a journey to fairyland is a logically incoherent idea.

Unless they can indicate what their subject is, it is fair to ask them why they ever started uttering, and how it would matter if they stopped. To some extent this reply is, certainly, justified. If theological talk has 42 I. M. CROMBIE any valid use, then it must be possible to show in what kind of context one becomes conscious of the need to talk in this way; and this demonstration cannot be sufficiently given by disclosing that theological statements cannot be identified with statements of any other kinds, but have affinities and relationships with some of them.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.86 of 5 – based on 47 votes

Related posts