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This helpful introduction to philosophy of religion from Anthony Thiselton is divided into three parts: first mapping the main approaches, then introducing us to the major ideas and thinkers, and finally giving concise explanations of all the words and phrases readers need to know.
For students and anyone else reading and engaging philosophy of religion for the first time, Approaching Philosophy of Religion is the essential companion.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2017
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Paul Smith5 Stars Out Of 5Worth Every PennyMarch 23, 2018Paul SmithQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had the thrill of teaching an Introduction of the Philosophy of Religion course a number of years ago. I wish I could have used this text then! It is a great introduction to this complex, and sometimes needlessly confusing, subject.
To be honest, I was a little worried as I worked through section one (Approaches), but that may be more to my personality than Thiselton's writing. My eyes did kind of glaze over as he summarized the various approaches and schools of thought. However, in sections two (Concepts and Issues) and three (Key Terms) the real value of the book shone through (at least for me). In sections two and three he lists, in alphabetical order, the real "nuts and bolts" of the subject of Philosophy of Religion. If you are a student in a Phil. Rel. course, and your prof does not suggest this book, get one anyway - you will be way ahead of your fellow students. If you are an instructor, and looking for a basic primer for your students - this would be it. For a university course I would also include an anthology of writings for Philosophy of Religion, but THIS is the "grammar" necessary for understanding the larger anthologies.
One problem associated with specialists in any given field is that they know so much, and have labored so long, in their field that they have forgotten what it is like to be a neophyte. This was my initial reaction to section one, I really wished Thiselton had slowed down a little. But in sections two and three his succinct definitions are just what a newbie needs. And, in those paragraphs he provides a wealth of other authors so that the student who is interested in the subject can go straight to the primary sources for additional material. His bibliography is outstanding - and he even codes it so that course books and anthologies are easily identified.
Thiselton has provided THE introduction to Philosophy of Religion as far as I can tell - and I searched high and low for something like this book while an instructor. If you are new to the subject, or just want to add to your horizon of philosophical understanding, this book is worth every penny.