Towards Better Disagreement

Towards Better Disagreement : Religion and Atheism in Dialogue

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Are atheists immoral? Does religion cause conflict? Is religion always opposed to science?Boldly paving the way for constructive dialogue between atheists and religious believers, Paul Hedges tackles issues such as the treatment of women, the idea of a pure and empirical realm of 'science', and the association of religion with violence and warfare, debunking the myths and exposing the futility of the battle between 'reason' and 'belief'.Threading deftly between atheism, the major world religions of Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, and smaller groups such as Paganism, Hedges demonstrates a vast scope for agreement and interaction between them which will call to every open minded more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 178592057X
  • 9781785920578
  • 578,541

About Paul Hedges

Paul Hedges is Associate Professor of Interreligious Studies at RSIS, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and has previously held positions at universities in Britain, Canada, and China. He is the author and editor of several books around his research interests in the meeting and debate between worldviews. Find out more about Dr Hedges at his website more

Table of contents

1. Setting the Debate in Context. 2. Books and Beliefs: Choosing and Interpreting Texts. 3. Authority Figures: Jesus and the Others. 4. God, Gods and Reality. 5. Religions: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 6. Women, Bodies and Gender. 7. Human Animals, Non-human Animals, and the Universe Around Us. 8. Living in a Religiously Diverse, Post-Christian and Post-Secular World. Further Reading. more

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This is a terrific little book! I don't know how you managed to cover so many key issues so clearly and in such a short space. You have done a remarkably good job: the writing is clear and accessible; to my mind your tone is perfect because you emphasize that you want to engage with people, but that, like them, you do have opinions; this is one of the few times I really liked boxes because they provided short, pertinent examples instead of interrupting the text. I would use this text, in fact I would like to use this text for a class I am giving in the spring, so I wish it were already published! I very much liked your introductory discussion about faith vs. reason. That is such an important issue, and you covered it beautifully with excellent examples and thought experiments... This was a most enjoyable read. -- Dr. Allison P. Coudert, Paul and Marie Castelfranco Chair in the Study of Religion University of California Towards Better Disagreement: Religion and Atheism in Dialogue is a thoughtful and compassionate review of the differences between those who find some spiritual sense and meaning to existence and those that do not. It is marked by a gentle courtesy towards disputants, without at all ignoring or belittling genuine disagreements. What makes it remarkably valuable, both for the more general reader as well as the student, is the wide range of issues covered from questions about the founders of religion (like Jesus) to contemporary problems of much concern including sex and gender, and the nature and place of animals. Highly recommended. -- Michael Ruse, Lucyle T Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University and Author of Darwinism as Religion: What Literature tells us about Evolution Judicious, informed, and fair - Paul Hedges doesn't simply compare and contrast the different worldview of atheists and believers, but goes behind them. Taking all the major religions into account, Hedges creates a map of areas of analysis that illuminates and clarifies the debates. It is a compelling tour de force. In this book, Hedges becomes the sage guide that our polarized age desperately needs. -- The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, PhD, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary, Professor of Theology and Ethics and Author of Against Atheism Paul Hedges is an extraordinarily fluent, courteous and wise writer. He covers a great deal of ground with admirable brevity and clarity.The result is a readable and accessible book that I shall be commending to my students here at Sarum College. In particular I think that it would be of practical use to A-level students or undergraduates wanting to explore the nature of religion. This text will certainly inform the development of our learning life here in Sarum College. -- James Woodward * James Woodward * This book paves the way for both theists and atheists to relate to each other in a more nuanced and meaningful way. It is a much needed resource for all who are interested in laying the foundations for robust dialogues between the religious and non-religious communities beyond presumptions and prejudices. -- Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib, Singapore interfaith activist and founding member, Leftwrite Center Those engaged in inter-religious dialogue will find much of the analysis offered thought-provoking and constructive, and it may well point to the face that in discussions there should be room for a sensitive atheist perspective as well. -- Robert Reiss * Interreligious Insight * This book is timely, and the intention behind it is to be applauded.- Richard Norman, University of Kent * Theology Journal *show more

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