Global Philosophy of Religion:
"This book boldly goes to the heart of the matter.
. .In so doing it opens up contemporary discourse to an exciting possibility,
that the rational and nonrational dimensions of existence, far from being incompatible
may be fully intelligible only when taken together."
"This ambitious textbook places philosophy of religion
in worldwide context. It makes good use of resources from a variety of theistic
and non theistic religious traditions while covering the full range of topics
on a standard introductory course. It should be especially attractive to philosophy
teachers who need course materials that will appeal to religiously diverse groups
"Runzo is abundantly successful in showing the
importance (and the limits) of argument in matters of religion. I don’t know
another book that does this with as much success over such a range of materials."
"This is an extremely useful and reliable introduction
to the philosophy of religion...it will be invaluable for schools and introductory
in conveying the philosophical and practical issues raised by the interconnected
world in which many religions coexist. Highly recommended."
presence in today's religious book market includes a series of short histories
and introductions to religions and religious questions, to which these two recent
volumes are welcome additions. An authority on Hinduism and comparative religion,
Coward (Univ. of Victoria) here revises his 1985 survey of the great religions'
approaches to pluralism by updating chapters, adding the Baha'i faith, and revising
his conclusions. He examines the response of six religions to pluralism and
the future of religious dialog. The only criticism of this work is that it oversimplifies
complexities and, in the Baha'i case, may not have understood the underlying
worldview that permits both respectful dialog and the search for converts. Runzo
(Chapman Univ. & Cambridge Univ.), who is widely published on religious pluralism,
reviews the major arguments and issues in religious philosophy from a global
perspective. He covers the various approaches that religions take toward each
other and toward arguments for and against God's existence, theodicy, life after
death, science, morality, and love. Helpful text boxes present the main philosophical
arguments. Both authors succeed admirably in conveying to the student and educated
lay reader the philosophical and practical issues raised by the interconnected
world in which many religions coexist. Highly recommended for academic and public
libraries of all sizes."
"…[C]ongratulations are due to the publisher of
these two books [Runzo’s Global Philosophy of Religion and Thiselton’s
A Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion] which open up a
broad span of religious and philosophical inquiry. They will interest those
who take the Pope’s words seriously and seek to understand their own religion
better by discovering how man in his different cultures has sought out transcendence,
and bears witness to the fact that the wind of the Spirit bloweth where it listeth...Joseph
Runzo’s Global Philosophy of Religion... [a]ddressed to a skeptical age...examines
a wide variety of topics, starting with an overview of world religions and then
examining metaphysics, monotheism, the problem of evil and the scientific arguments
related to religion in the light of the different religious traditions. Runzo
rejects the possibility of a common philosophy of religion; with the Pope he
is not interested in finding the lowest common denominator, but in examining
the similarities and the dissimilarities of the insights of men in their search
"Does God exist?
If so, is it possible for God to be male or female? Do we survive our physical
deaths? What is religion and what purpose does it serve? Does life have any
sort of meaning? All of these questions and more are topics in the philosophy
of religion, the subject of the recent and worthwhile book 'Global Philosophy
of Religion' by Joseph Runzo.
Global Philosophy of Religion was also reviewed favorably along side the novel The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, winner of the Booker Prize :
"I was reflecting on the impact of this fascinating
tale [The Life of Pi] when another remarkable book came into my hands. Global
Philosophy of Religion by Professor Joseph Runzo (Oneworld), looks at different