Chapter  3: Philosophy of Religion

CONCLUSION

This has been a very long series of sections with a great deal of material in them.  You will have your notes and references to refer to over the years should you wish to refer back to these materials and think about these matters some more.  

For more of this author's ideas on the matter of religion the reader might examine the author's online textbook on Philosophy of Religion.

For the Final Thoughts of this author on this topic the reader is directed to this passage  Final Thoughts  in that online textbook.

The topic of religion is one that is capable of raising great passion in human beings. Hopefully, the reader is now better informed as to the major issues in and perspectives on religion and  may have a better understanding of religion as a human phenomena and of the intensity of experience with which it is often associated.  The key questions concerning the nature of faith and the existence of divine, spiritual or supernatural beings have not been resolved in this work.  It is for each person to make the best reasoned judgment on these matters after a careful consideration of all the evidence and all the alternative positions.   To avoid such judgments becoming matters of faith and doctrine and dogma then such judgments, in the realm of Philosophy and rational discourse, must also be kept under continuing scrutiny in the light of new evidence and the presentation of new perspectives and arguments.

On the relation of Science and Philosophy and Religion to one another please look at Dallas Roark's  Knowledge and Method in Science, Philosophy and Religion:  

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