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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

William J. Wainwright


The philosophy of religion as a distinct discipline is an innovation of the last 200 years, but its central topics—the existence and nature of the divine, humankind’s relation to it, the nature of religion, and the place of religion in human life—have been with us since the inception of philosophy. Philosophers have long critically examined the truth of and rational justification for religious claims, and have explored such philosophically interesting phenomena as faith, religious experience, and the distinctive features of religious discourse. The second half of the twentieth century was an ... More

Keywords: Analytic (philosophy of religion), arguments for God’s existence, existence and nature of the divine, continental (philosophy of religion), faith, feminist (philosophy of religion), God’s attributes, methods of practicing philosophy of religion, nature of religion, philosophy of religion, problem of evil, religion’s place in human lives, religious claims, religious discourse, religious epistemology, religious pluralism, truth and justification of religious claims, Wittgensteinian (philosophy of religion)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195138092
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195138090.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William J. Wainwright, editor
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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