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The best philosophy of religion books, as recommended by atheist philosopher of religion, Graham Oppy. Books shelved as philosophy-of-religion: God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, Why I Am Not a Christian and Oth. Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction 4th Edition. This item:Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction by William L. Rowe Paperback $ William L. Rowe, who garnered a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan, is a professor of philosophy at Purdue University where.


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Mere Christianity Paperback by C. I and Thou Paperback by Martin Buber. I think that Hume does a fantastic job of demolishing the arguments that were around at the time. He also does a good job of presenting things from different points of view and of obscuring what his own opinion is. There are all kinds of ways in which I just think the Dialogues is a superb piece of work. And The Natural History of Religion? This is obviously very different in form and genre.

Yes, but very important in the history of studies of religion. But what he has to say about the origins of polytheistic religion—the kind of psychological benefits you might expect you can get from piecemeal polytheistic or popular religions as opposed to the kind of benefits that you might get from the highly theological conceptions of doctrine —still ring quite true today. His importance is not just for philosophy of religion, but for the anthropology and cognitive science of religion as well.

Many people refer back to Hume in their discussions of religion. How does he characterise the propensities to religion that he sees people as having?

There are different kinds of anxieties: Organised religion helps people to deal with those anxieties. Roughly this is the kind of view that Hume has of religion.

Holbach inherited a lot of money when his uncle died, when Holbach was about thirty, so he devoted his life to running a salon in Paris. There are twelve of them in the room. Now, Hume could have just been dissembling. He covers his tracks pretty carefully in the Dialogues , which makes it hard to tell.

But that may have just been protecting his social reputation up while he was living. I think Hume imagined that, although he was doing it from the armchair, he was saying: Way back, our early ancestors were polytheists and formed these beliefs about the gods in response to things like the forces of nature.

The later emergence of monotheism is explained by other political, social, and psychological factors. Of course, not everyone will accept this kind of account. Even in ancient times, say when you get to the Greeks and the Romans, there are people that are supposed to be initiates — that are supposed to have some direct epistemic access to the gods. One distinction that one might draw is between natural theology and revealed theology. So, there is stuff that you can only know by the basis of revelation.

He wants to explain the origins and maintenance of religion in purely naturalistic terms. Would you say that the sorts of arguments that Hume is running in the Dialogues are principally concerned with natural theology?

His main target is definitely the design argument, which is natural theology. But then he has this other discussion in the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding about miracles which is getting much closer to testing the claims of revealed theology.

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Your last book is In Gods We Trust: Why have you picked this one? This is more aspirational, as I said. People are really interested in working out why certain kinds of religious beliefs, including, in particular, beliefs in gods and supernatural agents are so widespread; and how has it come about that we have these beliefs?

There are various live lines of argument and live theories being developed by different people trying to explain why certain bits about religion seem to be more or less universal. Some people think that maybe it is part of their evolutionary inheritance, that we have certain cognitive mechanisms that give us this propensity to religious belief that we are selected for. So, they hold there are evolutionary advantages in believing in supernatural agencies. So, we have a propensity to over-ascribe agency.

Another part of it is that when you look at the beliefs about the supernatural that people have, it turns out that the kinds of things that are believed in are a lot like us but they just differ from us in one or two rather spectacular ways. They might be invisible or they might be immensely powerful or something like that. That makes the stories about them really memorable.

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So, you can think of the gods as being much like us but narrowly different from us in certain kinds of ways — and those beliefs were the ones that got culturally transmitted.

You can find theists arguing that kind of line. I say that because if you look across cultures, you find lots of stories about cosmic eggs, sky fathers, and earth mothers.

Why would that be?

Well, one thought is that, when it rains, things grow. I find it interesting that there are atheists who try to pinpoint evolutionary advantages of religious belief. Many prominent atheists like Nietzsche , possibly Hume , and Russell see religion as somehow inimical to human flourishing. On what grounds are these people arguing that it might be an evolutionary benefit to select for religious belief?

Back when we lived in very small groups, being strongly identified with your group may have given the group some evolutionary advantage. That would be one kind of suggestion. But when it arose and became deeply entrenched, it may have actually helped with the survival of the groups that had religion. To bring the discussion to an end, what do you think of the state of contemporary philosophy of religion? One thing I would like to see is much more emphasis on other parts of philosophy of religion, partly trying to come to grips with what the cognitive anthropologists and other scientists interested in this study of the origins, development, and spread of religion have got to say.

I think that we will learn all kinds of interesting things if we go and study Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Daoism, and all the other major religions.

Many of these have very long and rich philosophical traditions as well, but, at least in the West, we just ignore them largely. Five Books aims to keep its book recommendations and interviews up to date. If you are the interviewee and would like to update your choice of books or even just what you say about them please email us at editor fivebooks.

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