chapter  6
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Religion

Although Hobbes’s political philosophy remains the most important aspect of his thought for scholars today, his views about religion have been studied intensively for more than a decade in part because of the recognition that they were important to his general philosophy and because his analyses of basic concepts of religion are philosophically interesting.1 It is fascinating to consider such questions as whether faith in something is compatible with rationality, whether miracles are compatible with a deterministic universe, and whether revelation could occur. If nothing else, these concepts test the boundaries of our conceptions of rationality, determinism, and knowledge.