Philosophy of Religion

Chapter  1. OVERVIEW

Section 2 . Basic Questions

We begin by noting a series of interesting, fascinating and perplexing questions.  "What is religion ?"would seem to be the key question, however, to begin there would be to miss out on features and functions of religion and religious belief that are important for an accurate understanding of religion.  Yet the study must begin somewhere and without at least some rough understanding of religion how would we know what it is that would be examined.  Some notion of religion must be employed in order to select phenomena to study.

So the question "What is religion?" will appear at the start and at the end of this study.  In between the variety of religious phenomena, the major traditions , should be examined and then the examination and the critical eye will be directed toward the issues that are at the heart of the Western religions with their belief in the one god.  An examination of those questions will reveal aspects of religious belief systems found all around this planet.

Here is a listing of key and basic questions:

What is Philosophy of Religion?

What is Religion?

What are the characteristics of Religion ?

What are the religions of the world?

What is God? What are the Attributes of deity (god) ?

Are there any rational reasons or arguments or proofs for the existence of god?  

Do religious experiences prove that there is a god?

Do miracles exist?  Do they prove there is a god?

How can there be a god if there is so much evil in the world?

Do souls exist?

Is there a life after this one?

Does religious belief need to be rational?

Does faith require reasons to believe?

Are religious beliefs based on truth?

Can there be morality without religion?

What is the essence of religion?

What makes religion so important to people?

Philosophers examine such questions earnestly and search for wisdom in arriving at answers to these questions and to others related to them.  This will become evident in the materials that follow.


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