Interpreting religion poses a dilemma: realist interpretations of religion face the philosophical problem of religious diversity and irrealist interpretations of religion are revisionary. The author explores the implications of this dilemma and also clarifies the confusions caused by two abiding problems: those stemming from, first, the concern over which religious beliefs are true rather than attending to what it means for a belief to be true, and, second, the failure to acknowledge two fundamentally different forms of religious irrealism, anti-realism and non-realism. Providing critical assessment of the relevant works of John Hick, William Alston, Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen, and Ludwig Wittgenstein and his followers, this book is appropriate for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of religion and religious theory.
The Author: Nathan S. Hilberg received his Ph.D. in religious studies and his Ph.D. Certificate in cultural studies from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Director of Academic Affairs in the University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh and is affiliated faculty with the Department of Religious Studies.