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Philosophers and God: At the Frontiers of Faith and Reason

by John Cornwell (Editor), Michael McGhee (Editor)

Other authors: Pamela Sue Anderson (Contributor), Clare Carlisle (Contributor), Stephen R. L. Clark (Contributor), Francis X. Clooney (Contributor), David E. Cooper (Contributor)12 more, Gordon Graham (Contributor), Daphne Hampson (Contributor), Harriet A. Harris (Contributor), Morny Joy (Contributor), Anthony Kenny (Contributor), Nicholas Lash (Contributor), Peter Lipton (Contributor), James P. Mackey (Contributor), Richard Norman (Contributor), Anthony O'Hear (Contributor), Simon Oliver (Contributor), Janet Martin Soskice (Contributor)

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Public interest in religious debate in the UK and USA has recently been fed by a series of books of popular polemic against theism, religion and the discipline of theology itself. A small industry has grown up around these works-by Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and others-but many have complained not just of their theological illiteracy but also of their tendency to conflate religious belief with fundamentalism. They have contributed to a public atmosphere of anti-pluralist hostility to the expression of "faith positions." The atmosphere in Britain of aggressive secularism contrasts sharply with a public culture in the USA of religious conservatism that is suspicious of secular humanism. Here, a series of philosophers reflect, in an exploratory and confessional spirit, upon the status and sources of their religion or other spiritual sympathies-this may come in the form of a commitment to faith, an openness to religion, or another experience of transcendence. The authors get down to the essentials of religious agnosticism, the limits of secular humanism, the idea of conversion, the nature of despair, and the possibility of moral objectivity.… (more)
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Cornwell, JohnEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
McGhee, MichaelEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, Pamela SueContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carlisle, ClareContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clark, Stephen R. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clooney, Francis X.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooper, David E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graham, GordonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hampson, DaphneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, Harriet A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Joy, MornyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kenny, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lash, NicholasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lipton, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mackey, James P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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O'Hear, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Public interest in religious debate in the UK and USA has recently been fed by a series of books of popular polemic against theism, religion and the discipline of theology itself. A small industry has grown up around these works-by Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and others-but many have complained not just of their theological illiteracy but also of their tendency to conflate religious belief with fundamentalism. They have contributed to a public atmosphere of anti-pluralist hostility to the expression of "faith positions." The atmosphere in Britain of aggressive secularism contrasts sharply with a public culture in the USA of religious conservatism that is suspicious of secular humanism. Here, a series of philosophers reflect, in an exploratory and confessional spirit, upon the status and sources of their religion or other spiritual sympathies-this may come in the form of a commitment to faith, an openness to religion, or another experience of transcendence. The authors get down to the essentials of religious agnosticism, the limits of secular humanism, the idea of conversion, the nature of despair, and the possibility of moral objectivity.

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