This book provides a reasoned, comprehensive understanding of what religion is as well as a clear and critical assessment of whether, in the light of modern developments in philosophy, contemporary thinking people can responsibly maintain religious belief in God.

The book is divided into three major sections: the first deals with what all religions may be said to have in common; the second discusses theistic religion and the issue of intellectually responsible belief in God; the third examines current developments within a particular theistic religion, Christianity.

Originally published in 1968, the book is basic, both in the nature of the issues it discusses and in the clarity and comprehensiveness of its presentation; it is varied in the arguments and perspectives dealt with; it provides an introduction to philosophical thinking through the problems of philosophy of religion; and it deals seriously with controversial movements in theology.

chapter |6 pages


part |2 pages

Part One: Meanings and Methods

chapter 1|21 pages

What is Philosophy of Religion?

chapter 2|27 pages

How Shall We Define Religion?

chapter 3|27 pages

What is Religion?

chapter 4|33 pages

How Shall we Examine Religion?

part |2 pages

Part Two: Modern Philosophy and Belief in God

chapter 5|36 pages

Classical Arguments for God's Existence

chapter 6|27 pages

A Classical Case for Skepticism

chapter 7|27 pages

Kant: The Limits of Theoretical Reason

chapter 8|28 pages

Kant: The Turn Toward Practical Reason

chapter 9|28 pages

The Roots of Existentialism

chapter 10|34 pages

The Roots of Positivism and Pragmatism

part |2 pages

Part Three: Contemporary Issues of Metareligious Thought

chapter 11|34 pages

The Scientific Stalemate

chapter 12|36 pages

The Linguistic Key