Clayton explores the diverse local applications of theistic proofs in the work of philosophers and theologians across several periods and traditions. He argues that examining the history of theistic argument in medieval and early modern periods offers important ways of managing religious and cultural difference in the public sphere.
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"This is one of the best works on cross-cultural philosophy of religion in the last ten years...Clayton offers an admirable, detailed analysis of theistic arguments and the relationship of faith and reason in early modern philosophy." --Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College: Religious Studies Review
"...widely accessible for undergraduates and interested general readers...highly recommended for all scholars." --Gregory A. Walter, St. Olaf College: Philosophy in Review
Professor John Clayton was Chair of the Department of Religion and Director of the Graduate Division of Religious and Theological Studies, Boston University from 1997 until his death in 2003. Anne Blackburn is Associate Professor of South Asia and Buddhist Studies in the Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University. Thomas D. Carroll is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Division of Religious and Theological Studies, Boston University.
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