The Significance of Religious Experience

Paperback | November 12, 2014

byHoward Wettstein

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In this volume of essays, Howard Wettstein explores the foundations of religious commitment. His orientation is broadly naturalistic, but not in the mode of reductionism or eliminativism. This collection explores questions of broad religious interest, but does so through a focus on theauthor's religious tradition, Judaism. Among the issues explored are the nature and role of awe, ritual, doctrine, religious experience; the distinction between belief and faith; problems of evil and suffering with special attention to the Book of Job and to the Akedah, the biblical story of thebinding of Isaac; the virtue of forgiveness. One of the book's highlights is its literary (as opposed to philosophical) approach to theology that at the same time makes room for philosophical exploration of religion. Another is Wettstein's rejection of the usual picture that sees religious life assitting atop a distinctive metaphysical foundation, one that stands in need of epistemological justification.

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In this volume of essays, Howard Wettstein explores the foundations of religious commitment. His orientation is broadly naturalistic, but not in the mode of reductionism or eliminativism. This collection explores questions of broad religious interest, but does so through a focus on theauthor's religious tradition, Judaism. Among the is...

Howard Wettstein has been Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside since 1989. He held previous positions at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota, Morris. He held visiting professorships at Stanford University and the University of Iowa. At the University of California, Riverside, Wett...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Man Thinks; God Laughs3. Awe and the Religious Life4. Terra Firma5. Theological Impressionism6. Against Theology7. The Significance of Religious Experience8. Against Theodicy9. God's Struggles10. Coming to Terms with Exile11. Forgiveness and Moral Reckoning12. Ritual13. Concluding Remarks: Religion without Metaphysics

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"This book is unique in writings in philosophy of religion. In it Wettstein presents a sensitive, philosophically sophisticated, first-person account of his understanding of the religion he practices, traditional Judaism, and uses that understanding to make observations about religion ingeneral. The book is an exceptionally good example of a neo-Wittgenstein type of approach to 'God-talk.' With its autobiographical form it goes further than most to show the reader how such an approach can be lived with spiritual depth." --Jerome Gellman, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews