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Philosophy of Religion by David Elton Trueblood is an attempt to fathom not religion as a whole but the thought processes that are the basis of modern religious thought The book makes no attempt to explain any individual religious preferences or motifs only to gauge the reasons for religion in its entirety While Trueblood doesnt pass judgment on other religions his personal beliefs are apparent He is a Protestant Christian and has been writing books on religion since 1935 Philosophy of Religion is in the spirit of his other books such as The Logic of Belief which merely serves to explain why persons believe what they do believe 1957 the year of publication was exactly in the middle of a period of great change in the world The space age was developing and new scientific discoveries were turning many people away from theistic explanations of everything from natural history to outer space Communism was spreading over Eastern Europe like a wildfire sweeping up millions into the not-so-comforting arms of spiritual agnosticism I feel Trueblood has done an excellent job with this book and anyone interested in the Whys of religion should find it an interesting manuscript Religion has reached a previously unheard-of footing in this world and it is impossible to simply ignore it One is forced to agree with or oppose with religions which of course has led to a great deal of friction especially between radical sects Unfortunately many of the most stringent followers as well as opposers of religions suffer from the same malady ignorance The most devoted Islamic guerrilla may well be involved in an anti-Semitic movement only because his father was He may actually have the same fundamental beliefs ie the belief in one supreme God or Creator as a Jew but is blinded by his cause and cant see the similarities or attempt to cohabitate in the world with an opposer of his religion In religion there is to
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