Book: Philosophy of Religion Basics - A Jargon-Free Guide for Beginners by Doug Erlandsoncategories: Book, Philosophy, Religion, God, Miracles, Free Will, Problem of Evil, Attibutes of God, Religious Studies, Bible, Christianity, Theology, Faith and Reason, Philosophy of Religion
Doug Erlandsonabout this book: This book is an introduction to the philosophy of religion. Written in a clear and jargon-free way, it discusses the central issues of philosophy of religion, such as the relation of faith to reason, the arguments for God's existence, the nature of God, God's omniscience and human free will, the problem of evil, miracles, the relationship of religion and science, and death and immortality.
Through my years of teaching philosophy of religion at the University of Nebraska and at the community college level, I came to realize the need for a book that describes and discusses the issues in a way that is accessible to people who do not have a background in philosophy or in theology, and at the same time presents these issues in a way that is not oversimplified while maintaining intellectual integrity.
Because this book is written in a clear and jargon-free fashion, a layperson without prior background in philosophy, theology, or religious studies but who has an interest in one or more of these areas will find it informative and understandable. It is also appropriate as an introductory college-level text in the philosophy of religion or as a supplemental text for the philosophy of religion section of an introductory class in philosophy.
This book is one of several books that I have written or plan to write as introductions to various areas of philosophy. The other books are also titled " ___ Basics: A Jargon-free Guide for Beginners." For example, one of the other books in this series is: "Bioethics Basics: A Jargon-free Guide for Beginners."
The hardest part of writing this book was formulating the ontological argument in a way that was accessible to the reader and stating clearly (and with appropriate examples) the difference between univocal, analogical, and equivocal predication when it comes to describing the characteristics of God.
I am convinced that this area of study is unendingly fascinating and complex. My book invites the reader to enjoy this subject and pursue it in even greater depth.
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