Can Religion be Explained Away?

  • D. Z. Phillips

Part of the Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion book series (CSPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Animism and Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Eldridge
      Pages 3-25
  3. Is Religion the Product of Projection?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Lars Hertzberg
      Pages 49-65
  4. Psychoanalysis and Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. John Deigh
      Pages 85-105
  5. Religion as a Social Construct

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Peter Winch
      Pages 161-174
  6. Religion as the Opium of the People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
  7. Is Immortality an Illusion?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. D. Z. Phillips
      Pages 233-251
  8. Voices in Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. D. Z. Phillips
      Pages 267-287
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 288-290

About this book


As the century draws to its close, how should we think of religion? Some see it as the survival in our midst of an outmoded, primitive way of thinking, while others accuse the critics of simply being blind to the meaning of religious belief. From a different perspective, the clash between belief and unbelief is not seen as a matter of identifying incoherent systems of thought, but as a clash between different demands made on us by divergent ways of looking at the world. Criticisms will flow between these perspectives. There is, however, another kind of interest in this situation: an interest in giving just characterizations of these different voices, so that the nature of allegiances and oppositions to religion may be better understood.


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Editors and affiliations

  • D. Z. Phillips
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WalesSwanseaUK
  2. 2.Philosophy of ReligionThe Claremont Graduate SchoolUSA

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