9780979544439

Comparing and Evaluating the Scriptures : A Timely Challenge for Jews, Christians, Muslims and Mormons

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  • ISBN13:

    9780979544439

  • ISBN10:

    0979544432

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-18
  • Publisher: Summerland Pub
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Summary

No one is likely to dispute that religions profoundly affect our lives in innumerable ways, . Disagreements emerge, however, when we attempt to evaluate those effects, and when we attempt to determine religion's proper place in our lives, in our society, and in our troubled world. As we all know, responsible judgments in regard to these complicated matters, though fundamentally important, are difficult to formulate and defend. In fact, even purely personal decisions about religion are not always easy. So, during normal times, many of us choose to live our lives without ever seriously considering some of religion's more complex issues. This limited outlook, however, is beginning to seem less appropriate given today's world some aspects of religion's role in current events truly are disturbing. How should we respond to this situation? Wouldn't it be worthwhile for everyone to think through our religious traditions one more time, from the beginning?

Author Biography

Paul Fink is a retired philosophy professor who, for 33 years, taught college courses in logic, moral philosophy, and comparative religion. Early in his career he authored two textbooks: ˘The Challenge of Philosophy,÷ 1965, and ÷Moral Philosophy: An Introduction,÷ 1977. Born in Illinois as the oldest son of a conservative Christian Minister, Fink was guided through an in-depth study of the Bible. In this book he undertakes a broader study which includes all the main scriptures of Western religion. The sacred works of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Mormonism are opened to an orderly, even-handed comparison and assessment. Many questions are posed, and readers are encouraged to think for themselves in their efforts to attain an honest, mature overview of our religious heritage.

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