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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851686509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851686506
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"A lucid and engaging philosophical survey. He covers all the most important issues in a way that is always fair-minded, and manages to be accessible without over-simplifying." --John Cottingham, President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Reading University

"Charles Taliaferro is internationally recognized as a philosopher at the very top of his field. Philosophy of Religion: A Beginner s Guide does not disappoint. Brimming with arguments, the material is cutting edge, and the selection of topics is superb." --J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University, California

"A remarkably concise volume. Topics as diverse as the existence and the goodness of God and the use of nuclear power for energy are woven together in a thematically coherent manner able to instruct as it draws the reader into 'the Long Debate'." --Dan Robinson, Professor of Philosophy, Oxford University

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"Charles Taliaferro is internationally recognized as a philosopher at the very top of his field. Philosophy of Religion: A Beginner’s Guide does not disappoint. Brimming with arguments, the material is cutting edge, and the selection of topics is superb." (J.P. Moreland - Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University, California)

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This is a very good introduction to the subject, covering all its essential ground in under 200 pages.

At less than half the price of the set text when I was at university, Brian Davies's Introduction to Philosophy of Religion, it's also good value for money.

There's an interesting chapter on Eastern religious philosophy, which explores some aspects of Hindu and Buddhist metaphysics, critiquing both. There's not much mention of Taoism or Confucianism, but space is tight, and since it's an open question whether these are religions anyway, this is probably a sensible omission.

Taliaferro writes well and is easy to read - there's no passage that you have to go over again, scratching your head in bewilderment. His enthusiasm for his subject is obvious. My one gripe is that he could have done with sharper editing - he consistently misspells compatibilism as 'compatabilism'. (Unless this is an acceptable variant spelling - though since 'compatable' is wrong, I don't see why.)

In all, worth buying.
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I am new to this subject area and so the Beginner's Guide bit of the title was attractive to me. However, the content was heavier than I expected. The title should read something like... 'A Beginner's Guide to a Philosophy of Religion degree.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Oct. 2013
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Great introduction to the subject. Covers a wide range of issues in philosophy of religion. Isn't confined to considerations of classical theism or Christianity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open-Minded... 1 Aug. 2011
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I am a Christian interested in thinking critically about my faith and exploring other religious points of view. I found this book to be an outstanding, non-dogmatic introduction to what philosophers are thinking about religion today. It seemed to be fair to every viewpoint and made me want to follow-up with further reading and thinking.

It may be a beginner's guide, but at the end, I felt that I was no longer a beginner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Accessible 23 Aug. 2012
By Ruth E. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
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Unlike certain Idiot's Guides I have known, this Beginner's Guide to the Philosophy of Religion conveys a tone of understanding and appreciation for the reader as a real person who is genuinely trying to learn something new.
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