The Future of Philosophy of Religion, the Future of the Study of Religion, and (Even) the Future of Religion

Robert McKim

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This chapter makes a three-part case for a more ambitious, more comprehensive, and richer philosophy of religion than that with which we are currently familiar, at least in the English-speaking world. First, it is unsatisfactory for philosophy of religion to consist mostly in philosophical reflection about issues pertaining to a single religion, or to a single religion and its close relatives. Second, many scholars of religion, irrespective of their field of study or training, would benefit from having more access to philosophical tools. Philosophy of religion could, and should, be of more service in this area. Third, an expanded philosophy of religion can contribute to the future development of religion–that is, to the direction, and forms, that religion will take in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRenewing Philosophy of Religion
Subtitle of host publicationExploratory Essays
EditorsPaul Draper, J L Schellenberg
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780198738909
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Development
  • Future of religion
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Religious studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities

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