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What Is The Philosophy Of Religion And What Are The Difficulties And Possibilities Of Such A Study?

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What Is the Philosophy of Religion and What Are the Difficulties and Possibilities of Such a Study It is difficult to say what the philosophy of religion is. One might define it as 'philosophising about religion'. However people disagree about the nature of philosophy and religion, so this definition has its drawbacks. Philosophy of religion is now a flourishing branch of philosophy. Fifty years or so ago, specialists in philosophy of religion were a rare breed. Nevertheless, they are now very common, and they publish a huge amount. Many of them would describe themselves as philosophers of religion. Yet, it would be rash to conclude from this that we can easily define 'the philosophy of religion'. It is not, for example, a discipline distinguishable from others as chemistry is from angling. People long to make sense of life; to find some key that will unlock its mysteries and enable them to understand themselves and their place within the universe. ...read more.


What it can do is; show that its beliefs are either logical or illogical, that its language is best understood literally or metaphorically, and the degree to which its beliefs are compatible with other beliefs that people might hold to be true. Very few people suddenly convert to Christianity in the middle of their life. Unless of course they are finding it difficult to get on with life, so they want God to help them to get back on top of things. Richard Dawkins of Oxford thinks that children catch religion of their parents like some sort of virus! I too believe that it is when we are children and very impressionable we have religion forced upon us by our parents. Of course, by philosophising on religion, some people find more reasons to believe in God. For example, Descartes would say that denying God's existence is like denying the fact that a triangle has three sides. ...read more.


This is the argument that everything has a cause, i.e. we often say that something exists because something else would not be there if the first thing did not exist. For example, beer would not exist unless somebody had made the beer. To break it down into a few easy sentences: Everything that's begins to exist has a cause for its existence. The universe begins to exist. Therefore, the universe must have a cause. That was the Kalam argument. The third main argument for god existence is the teleological. It argues that the sense of purposeful design we see in nature suggests that the world has a designer, which is God. In conclusion, you can see that there are a lot of interesting essays and books which have come from this subject. It is very interesting the way religion and science go head to head. As you can see, it is very difficult to prove anything through these arguments but it is still fascinating. Sources: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion by Brian Davies ...read more.

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