Is Religion Irrational?

Is Religion Irrational?

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If the New Atheists are to be believed, religious belief is not only dangerous and irrational, but just plain stupid. With increasingly intolerant polemic they are dismissing the views of religious people, and misconstruing them in the process. In this book, Keith Ward debunks the notion that rationality and intelligence are incompatible with belief in God, going through some of the main criticisms raised by the New Atheists (and their predecessors), for example: - Does God cause evil? - Is the universe intelligently designed? - Is God free? This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the current cultural war between atheism and belief.show more

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  • Lion Hudson Plc
  • Lion Books
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745959520
  • 9780745959528

About Keith Ward

Keith Ward is a fellow of the British Academy and Professional Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He was formerly Professor of Religion at King's College, London, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, and a member of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is also a well-known broadcaster and author of over twenty books, including More than Matter? and Is Religion Irrational?show more

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"Although he lacks the glibness, arrogance, and fame of best-selling antireligionists Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, Ward neatly cuts the ground from under such global-village atheists." --"Booklist "on "Is Religion Dangerous?" "An impressively insightful and well-balanced survey of major questions for science-and-religion dialogue. . . . Writing as a scholar of world religions, Ward discusses multiple traditions at a level of depth and detail that exceeds the normal standards of the science and religion literature. " --"Publishers Weekly", starred review, on "The Big Questions of Science and Religion" "Ward, with humor and skill, deftly and accurately guides us through the ages of reflection on what can and cannot be known about God. . . . This book inspires considerable thought and thus belongs in every library." --"Library Journal "on "God: A Guide For the Perplexed" Keith Ward is an Anglican priest and joint president of the World Congress of Faiths. He is the author of more than 20 books, including "The""Big Questions in Science and Religion," "Divine Action," " Is Religion Dangerous?," "What the Bible Really Teaches," and "Why There Almost Certainly Is a God."show more

Table of contents

Contents: 1. Why Does Belief in God Matter? 2. What is God? 3. Does God Cause Evil? 4. Is the Universe Intelligently Designed? 5. The Sense of Transcendence 6. Is God Free? 7. Are Faith and Reason Incompatible? 8. What is Revelation? 9. How God Acts in the World - A Christian Understanding 10. Is Religion Evil? 11. How Should We Interpret the Bible? 12. What is the Future of Religion?show more

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