Is (Belief in) God Dead?

Most philosophers of religion do not believe that the traditional deductive “proofs” for God’s existence work. Many that do believe they work do not see them as formal proofs but as inductive arguments that make a cumulative, probabilistic case. Does this mean that the business of defending religion (formally known as apologetics) is dead? To the contrary, in certain circles, apologetics is an active area of study for philosophers of religion. In fact, it is hard to find a philosopher of religion writing today who is not concerned with the subject at one level or another.

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Religion and/or Naturalism: New Life For an Old Debate

Philosophical Apologetics deals with the rational defense of the Christian Faith. Philosophy means the love of wisdom. One of the functions of philosophy is the attempt to describe the true nature of reality. Philosophy of religion (a branch of philosophy) and apologetics (a branch of theology) overlap in certain areas. Arguments for God’s existence, the philosophical problem of evil, the possibility of miracles, and the nature of morality are common to both philosophy of religion and apologetics. These topics will be examined in this section.

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