Against the domination of moral deliberation by rights-talk In Defence of War asserts that belligerency can be morally justified, even while it is tragic and morally flawed. Recovering the early Christian tradition of just war thinking, Nigel Biggar argues in favour of aggressive war in punishment of grave injustice.
Rework of the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of the West Indies, 1992) presented under the title: "Colour for colour, skin for skin": the ideological foundation of post-slavery society, 1838-1865, the Jamaican case (a study of some ideas justifying the Morant Bay rebellion and its suppression).
Drawing on psychology, philosophy, and literature, William James's classic survey of religious belief gathers testimony from a huge range of diverse sources to construct a defence of the individual religious experience. It speaks powerfully to the modern debate on atheism and faith, in the most critically up-to-date edition available.
Building on the conviction of ethics of hope, this title states that Christian existence and social matters are inextricably tied together in the political sphere. It unfolds author's ethics in light of eschatology, clearly distinguishing it from prior and competing visions of Christian ethics.
Martyrdom has a long history; as long as individuals have been dying for their faith or cause, others have been telling and more importantly, interpreting their stories. This book aims to illuminate the way these conflict stories have been told and function (principally, though not exclusively) within Christian, Jewish, and Islamic communities.
A comprehensive reference guide to the key terms, concepts, thinkers and major works in the philosophy of religion. It offers an introduction to a central topic in philosophy. Suitable for first-year students coming to the subject for the first time, it provides summaries of the key concepts in the study of philosophy of religion.
Suitable for students coming to philosophy of religion for the first time, this title sets traditional arguments such as the problem of evil or the concept of God within the contexts of contemporary debates. It also covers the modern debates such as those on reformed epistemology, theological non-realism and foundationalism.
Argues that Christian understanding of salvation is not about a future in heaven but a way of life that shapes the present. This book also argues that such ways of thinking about salvation must be given greater prominence when thinking about inter-faith questions.
* Explores religion both as a social phenomenon and as a form of inner experience. * Explains why people believe what they do. * Looks at the effects of religious and spiritual belief upon behaviour, and upon physical and psychological health.
* This thought-provoking study rethinks the nature of theology and its role in universities. * The author sketches out a fascinating project using examples from US and UK institutions, whereby theology becomes a transformative force within universities.
There has been a bad-tempered quarrel between defenders and critics of religion in recent years. Both sides have expressed themselves acerbically because there is a very great deal at stake in the debate. This book thoroughly and calmly examines all the arguments and associated considerations offered in support of religious belief, and does so in full consciousness of the reasons people have for subscribing to religion, and the needs they seek to satisfy by doing so. And because it takes account of all the issues, its solutions carry great weight. The God Argument is the definitive examination of the issue, and a statement of the humanist outlook that recommends itself as the ethics of the genuinely reflective person.
A resource for students and scholars of philosophy of religion. Covering historical and contemporary figures, arguments, and terms, it offers an overview of the vital themes in the feild. Including a chronology, an introduction to modern philosophy of religion, and a bibliography, it covers world religions and sources from east and west.
Drawing on political philosophy and theology, theory and practice, this essay collection tackles the complex questions arising from the interface of religion and public life. Includes critical analyses of theorists Rawls, Stout and Habermas, and discussion of key issues such as religious education and human rights.
Jeffrey Haynes adopts a chronological and conceptual approach to introduce students to the central themes and theoretical perspectives in the study of religion and development in the developing world, focusing on key themes including environmental sustainability, health and education.
A textbook that explains the history, rationale and workings of the various approaches. It deals with attitudes towards different faiths, considering the problems and relations that exist with Christian approaches.
From the debates about faith schools to the polemics of Richard Dawkins, Religion is an important debated part of modern life in the twenty first century. This title offers an introduction to religion and contemporary culture. It includes discussions of the psychology of religion, and globalisation and multiculturalism.
In the twenty-first century, religion has become a political power. It affects us all, whether we're religious or not. This title separates the political from the personal, the power-seeking from the compassionate.