An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion

An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion

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We live, allegedly, in a postmodern age in which we have cast aside the narrative fantasies of the pre-modern era. If postmodernism represents the final abandonment of all grand theories, where does religion stand? If religion is a particularly unbelievable form of explanation, why does it power still affect social and political change? Here, like the skeptics of our age, the author asks, What has theology ever had to say that was of the slightest use to anyone? He argues that religion without God is like a car without an engine, and draws on many aspects of human culture to offer a defense of religion that is not only credible but necessary in an age when postmodernism itself has been exposed as a cruel more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 124 x 170 x 20mm | 181.44g
  • Overlook Press
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1585677221
  • 9781585677221

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"It is a great treat.... As one of the world's preeminent philosophers, John Haldane brings a careful and rigorous intelligence to bear on the question of whether religious faith is reasonable. The reader will find the objections to religious faith succinctly, and clearly presented and considered. Haldane's witty and precise analysis leads inexorably to the understanding that religious faith is the preeminently reasonable position for the modern person to take." ---William L. Saunders, Center for Human Life and Bioethics, Family Research Council "The breadth of Haldane's reading in philosophy and astounding." -- The Observer "[Haldane] handles complex ideas with great skill. This guide is intelligent, but it is also disarmingly down to earth." -- The Church Times "Atheists who want to know what it is they are denying and theists who wonder who they are not atheists could not do better than read John Haldane's 'Guide to Religion'. It is a splendid statement of fundamental issues: crisp, lucid and an invitation to argument." -- Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Notre Dame "John Haldane has produced a splendid introduction to religious thought and belief. Lucid, compelling, unafraid to confront serious intellectual challenge, and shot through with insight and illuminating detail, this is a book that will enlighten believers and unbelievers alike." -- Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth "We are in John Haldane's debt for writing with such clarity, commonsense and wit to clear the field of spurious reasons for rejecting religious faith. Hopefully this book will be read by believer and non-believer alike." -- Stanley Hauerwas, DukeDivinity Schoolshow more

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