Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate

Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate

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By (author) Terry Eagleton

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 21 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300151799
  • ISBN 13: 9780300151794
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 118,585

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Terry Eagleton's witty and polemical Reason, Faith, and Revolution is bound to cause a stir among scientists, theologians, people of faith and people of no faith, as well as general readers eager to understand the God Debate. On the one hand, Eagleton demolishes what he calls the "superstitious" view of God held by most atheists and agnostics and offers in its place a revolutionary account of the Christian Gospel. On the other hand, he launches a stinging assault on the betrayal of this revolution by institutional Christianity. There is little joy here, then, either for the anti-God brigade-Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens in particular-nor for many conventional believers. Instead, Eagleton offers his own vibrant account of religion and politics in a book that ranges from the Holy Spirit to the recent history of the Middle East, from Thomas Aquinas to the Twin Towers.

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Terry Eagleton is Distinguished Professor of English Literature at the University of Lancaster, England, and Professor of Cultural Theory at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame. Eagleton is also the author of On Evil, published by Yale University Press.

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"Brisk, funny, and challenging ... One of the most fascinating, most original and prickliest works of philosophy to emerge from the post-9/11 era."-Andrew O'Hehir, Salon -- Andrew O'Hehir Salon "There are plenty of things in this book to anger all sorts of people, and few will not find something in it with which to disagree strongly. And that's just fine. This is an exceptional contribution to recent debates around faith, religion, and atheism."-Dale B. Martin, Yale University -- Dale B. Martin "This is sure to ruffle feathers on both sides of the God debate. Eagleton offers his own polemical chronicle of religion and politics from the Holy Spirit to the Twin Towers. Many will, simply, have to read this." - The Bookseller The Bookseller "Eagleton is that rarity, a non-ideological Marxist with a keen understanding of and sympathy for the human condition, not to mention an informed as well as sharp sense of humor. Serious Christians may be his most appreciative readers."-Booklist (starred review) Booklist "The book is superb. Provocative. And, it's easy to overlook this particular new book among the heaps of mystery novels and other best sellers at bookstores, so grab a copy now."-Readthespirit.com Readthespirit.com "[B]etter than any previous book of its kind."-James Wood, The New Yorker -- James Wood The New Yorker "Eagleton's book is a brisk and welcome contribution to the ongoing discussion about the place of religion in the world today. Readers will find plenty to challenge them in this brief snapshot of today's 'God Debate.'"-- Blair Dee Hodges, Association for Mormon Letters -- Blair Dee Hodges Association for Mormon Letters