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    DescriptionIn his last book, Ronald Dworkin addresses questions that men and women have asked through the ages: What is religion and what is God's place in it? What is death and what is immortality? Based on the 2011 Einstein Lectures, "Religion without God "is inspired by remarks Einstein made that if religion consists of awe toward mysteries which "manifest themselves in the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, and which our dull faculties can comprehend only in the most primitive forms," then, he, Einstein, was a religious person. Dworkin joins Einstein's sense of cosmic mystery and beauty to the claim that value is objective, independent of mind, and immanent in the world. He rejects the metaphysics of naturalism--that nothing is real except what can be studied by the natural sciences. Belief in God is one manifestation of this deeper worldview, but not the only one. The conviction that God underwrites value presupposes a prior commitment to the independent reality of that value--a commitment that is available to nonbelievers as well. So theists share a commitment with some atheists that is more fundamental than what divides them. Freedom of religion should flow not from a respect for belief in God but from the right to ethical independence. Dworkin hoped that this short book would contribute to rational conversation and the softening of religious fear and hatred. "Religion without God "is the work of a humanist who recognized both the possibilities and limitations of humanity.


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    Title
    Religion without God
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ronald M. Dworkin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 104 mm
    Height: 163 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674726826
    ISBN 10: 0674726820
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Abridged Dewey: 200
    BISAC V2.8: PHI022000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15420
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    Libri: I-RY
    DC22: 200
    B&T Approval Code: A13060000
    BISAC V2.8: REL051000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Approval Code: A13180000
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A13603000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: REL004000, REL077000
    DC23: 201
    Thema V1.0: QDTQ, QRA
    LC classification: BL51 .D96 2013
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    04 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    Essentially sidesteps the regular theist vs. atheist debate to argue something altogether original and refreshing: that the religious impulse is (a) widely shared and (b) much bigger than a belief in God Convictions of value are the common glue of humanity, Dworkin writes, and this idea is so appealing and so thoughtfully rendered in Religion Without God," that it is hard to find any fault with his logic [It] inexorably lays out in lucid terms Dworkin s moral philosophy. The logical argument he makes is itself an example of the sort of inevitable beauty he describes Dworkin reveals the profound humanism that has informed his life s work. He believes, tenaciously, that there is objective ethical and moral truth, a right way to live that is independent of theistic assumptions, and therefore available to religious atheists.--Adam Parker"Post and Courier" (12/08/2013)"