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Religions, Reasons and Gods
By John Clayton

Religions, Reasons and Gods

Essays in Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion

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Religions, Reasons and Gods by John Clayton

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Traditional theistic proofs are often understood as evidence intended to compel belief in a divinity. John Clayton explores the surprisingly varied applications of such proofs in the work of philosophers and theologians from several periods and traditions, thinkers as varied as Ramanuja, al-Ghazali, Anselm, and Jefferson. He shows how the gradual disembedding of theistic proofs from their diverse and local religious contexts is concurrent with the development of natural theologies and atheism as social and intellectual options in early modern Europe and America. Clayton offers a fresh reading of the early modern history of philosophy and theology, arguing that awareness of such history, and the local uses of theistic argument, offer important ways of managing religious and cultural difference in the public sphere. He argues for the importance of historically grounded philosophy of religion to the field of religious studies and public debate on religious pluralism and cultural diversity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521421041
ISBN-10: 0521421047
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 394
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Clayton explores the diverse applications of theistic proofs in the work of philosophers and theologians.

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Author Biography - John Clayton

Professor John Clayton was Chair of the Department of Religion and Director of the Graduate Division of Religious and Theological Studies, Boston University from 1997 until his death in 2003. Anne Blackburn is Associate Professor of South Asia and Buddhist Studies in the Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University. Thomas D. Carroll is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Division of Religious and Theological Studies, Boston University.

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