Critical Remarks on the Essence and Scope of Philosophy of Religion


  • Andranik Stepanyan Armenian State Pedagogical University named by Khachatur Abovyan



philosophy of religion, religious philosophy, theology, philosophical theology, natural theology, religious metaphysics, philosophy, religious studies, the phenomenon of religion, the essence of religion


The goal of this article to critically examine the essence and scope of philosophy of religion, its place and relation to philosophy and religious studies. Philosophy of religion is not only interrelated to both philosophy and religious studies but it is an inter-disciplinary field of knowledge. Philosophy of religion, being an inter-disciplinary field on the boundary of philosophy and religious studies and as a phenomenon of western rationalistic tradition, is engaged in conceptual and theoretical examination and analysis of the content of religion. Philosophical reflections on religious matters, concepts, claims and practices, the origin of religion, relation between religion and other fields of knowledge and culture, and so on, are the scope of philosophy of religion. Philosophy of religion is based on rational approach. One of the functions of philosophy of religion is to verify whether the religious or theological claims and statements are trustworthy and rational, true or false, from the standpoint of logic. Viewed from this position philosophy of religion ought to be, to some extent, a normative discipline, a feature that has been overlooked by many scholars and philosophers of religion. Philosophy of religion is philosophical examination and comprehension of the phenomenon and essence of religion.


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Author Biography

Andranik Stepanyan, Armenian State Pedagogical University named by Khachatur Abovyan

 (Ph.D.) Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Logic Named after Academician Georg Brutian at Khachatur Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University, Yerevan, Armenia; Literary Editor of WISDOM journal. His areas of interest include religious studies, philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, anthropology of religion and cognitive studies of religion. Stepanyan is the author of 1 monograph and 15 scientific articles. Recent publications: “Death of God Theology”, “Critical Remarks on the Theoretical Significance of Vahanian’s Death of God Theology (Brief Review)”, and “Gabriel Vahanian as a Radical Religious Thinker”.



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How to Cite

Stepanyan, A. (2019). Critical Remarks on the Essence and Scope of Philosophy of Religion. WISDOM, 12(1), 90–99.