Some Concluding Reflections

  • William A. Christian
Part of the Philosophy of Religion Series book series (PHRES)


Some religious doctrines recommend courses of action: inward or overt, ritual or moral, by oneself alone or together with others. That is to say, an utterance of the doctrine in standard conditions has the force of recommending to someone that he undertake the course of action. Other doctrines propose valuations; others again propose beliefs. In the major religions of the world, doctrines of these types are interconnected and organised, more or less, in their schemes of doctrines.


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  1. 3.
    C. I. Lewis, ‘Mind and the World Order’ (New York: Dover Publications, 1956) p. 35.Google Scholar

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© William A. Christian 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. Christian
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  1. 1.Timothy Dwight CollegeYale UniversityUSA

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