The Philosophy of Religion: A Buddhist Perspective

The Philosophy of Religion: A Buddhist Perspective

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Item Code: IDE302
Author: Arvind Sharma
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 1998
ISBN: 0195642724
Pages: 213
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.6" X 5.5"
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From the Jacket:

Arvind Sharma begins this bold and challenging book with a no less combative questions: 'Is nothing sacred?' Both the study of Buddhist philosophy and the philosophy of religion, he states, are founded on this very question, but their answers may be very different.

In the course of the book, Sharma interrogates such central issues as the nature of evil, belief or disbelief in God, the nature of human destiny, immortality, Karma and reincarnation. Rather than simply examining each issue separately, he looks at each from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy, seeing where and how there are divergences and commonalities with the tenets of Western-dominated 'philosophy of religion'. The result is an illuminating and vital study, of interest to students and teachers of the philosophy of religion and for all those interested in Buddhist ways of thinking.

Excerpts from Review:

'The present work …is of general interest and promise not only on account of its theme and approach but also because of the exceptional competence of its author. …It is based on a sound knowledge of the varied literature on the subject and is at the same time full of the sparkle of stimulating philosophical reflection in a cross-cultural context.' - Seminar

About the Author:

Arvind Sharma is Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University, Montreal. He has taught at the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Temple University, Philadelphia, and Boston University.


1. The Concept of God9
2. Grounds for Belief in God25
3. Grounds for Disbelief in God40
4. The Problem of Evil52
5. Revelation and Faith73
6. Problems of Religious Language105
7. The Problem of Verification128
8. The Conflicting Truth Claims of Different Religions139
9. Human Destiny: Immortality and Resurrection153
10. Human Destiny: Karma and Reincarnation166
Notes and References181

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