A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion pdf free download

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A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion pdf free download

A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion pdf free download. Some of the earliest recorded philosophy in the West and East concerns matters that are of central religious significance: the existence of God or gods, the holy, the soul, good and evil, the afterlife, the meaning and nature of birth, growth and maturity, the relationship of the individual to the family or tribe or community, sacrifice, guilt, mercy, and so on.

A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion pdf free download

And from the beginning philosophers have expressed a passionate commitment to understanding the meaning of the words we use in exploring such terrain. So, Confucius gave central importance to what he is said to have refered to as the “rectification of names.” And the earliest recordings we have of Socrates show him engaged in a vigorous inquiry into whether his fellow Athenians know what they are talking about when they appeal to such concepts as holiness, duty to the gods, justice, courage, goodness, friendship, beauty, art, and so on.

A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion pdf free download

This dictionary is in this old tradition of seeking to attain clarity and understanding through attention to words, names, and titles. One thing we re-discovered in the course of our work is the importance of community and conversation in the practice of philosophy of religion (historically and today). Sometimes scholarship can be a solitary affair, but while some solitude can provide some enviable time for creative reflection, scholarship is most vibrant when it is a shared activity.

A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion pdf free download

We are reminded of the story of the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley who took on his disastrous journey to the Belgian Congo a host of great books such as the complete collection of Shakespeare. But with no African conversation partners to discuss such books (and partly this was his fault), the bare existence of the books became a pointless burden. In fact, he had to leave all of them except Shakespeare which some Africans insisted he actually burn as they had become concerned it had become an ill totem of sorts. Without conversation and community, the best of books can be dull companions (unless you happen to be Robinson Crusoe).

A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion pdf free download

A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion pdf free download

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