Religion, Philosophy and Knowledge

  • Gregory W.¬†Dawes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  3. Religious Language and Thought

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  4. The Aims of Religion

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  5. Modes of Knowing

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About this book


This book offers a philosophical approach to religion that acknowledges both the diversity of religions and the many and varied dimensions of the religious life. Rather than restricting itself to Christian theism, it covers a wide range of religious traditions, examining their beliefs in the context of the actual practice of the religious life.

After outlining the aims of religion, the book focuses on claims to knowledge. What kinds of knowledge do religions purport to offer? In what idiom is it couched? From what sources do devotees draw their claims to knowledge? Are these sources reliable? Rather than trying to settle age-old questions about religious belief, the book offers its readers a set of criteria with which they can make informed decisions in matters of faith.

Gregory W. Dawes is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He completed his first graduate degree at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome before returning to New Zealand to complete PhD degrees in both biblical studies and philosophy. His previous books include The Historical Jesus QuestionTheism and Explanation, and Galileo and the Conflict between Religion and Science.


theology Christianity faith reason language

Authors and affiliations

  • Gregory W.¬†Dawes
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  1. 1.Editorial Board DunedinNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43499-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43500-8
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