The Philosophy of Religion

  • Calvin Pinchin


In this area of philosophy we are primarily concerned with questions relating to the existence of God, the possibility of rational belief in God and problems which face a religious believer. We are not concerned with questions relating to the causes or functions of religious belief. These latter questions are the province of an appropriate social science. Our concern is with the rationality of such beliefs. We are concerned with the content of beliefs, the validity of arguments and the logical implications of arguments. This is an important distinction to bear in mind To give the causes of religious belief will not answer the questions of whether such beliefs are rational or what the criteria of rationality are.


Religious Experience Scientific Language Moral Progress Ontological Argument Moral Evil 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Calvin Pinchin
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  1. 1.Deganwy, N. WalesUK

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