Philosophers and God At the Frontiers of Faith and Reason

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-25
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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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 - Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens - complaining not just about their theological illiteracy but also about their tendency to conflate religious belief with fundamentalism and their contribution to a public atmosphere of anti-pluralist hostility to the expression of 'faith positions'.

Author Biography

John Cornwell has since 1990 been director of the Science and Human Dimension Project, a Cambridge-based public understanding of science programme. He is an Affiliated Research Scholar in the department of History and Philosophy of Science, and has published and broadcast widely on science, religion and society. He is the author of Power to Harm, Hitler's Scientists, and Darwin's Angel, and has edited three volumes of essays on philosophy of science: Nature's Imagination, Consciousness and Human Identity, and Explanations. Michael Mcghee is Senior Fellow in Philosophy at The University of Liverpool. He is the author of Transformations of Mind: Philosophy and Spiritual Practice (CUP, 2000) and is also the Joint Editor of Contemporary Buddhism.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Science and Religion: The Immersion Solutionp. 1
What has Plotinus' One to do with Godp. 21
Thinking, Attending, Prayingp. 39
Mystery, World and Religionp. 51
Searching for God?p. 63
Love and Reasonp. 77
Beyond My God, with God's Blessingp. 87
In Search of Wisdomp. 97
Agnosticism and Atheismp. 117
Ideals without Idealismp. 125
The God of the Prophet Jesus of Nazarethp. 137
Humanism and Spirituality: or How to be a Good Atheistp. 153
A Turn to Spiritual Virtues in Philosophy of Religion: 'The Thoughtful Love of Life'p. 167
Secularism and Shared Valuesp. 187
Religion in Public Lifep. 203
Religion and Theologyp. 217
Wisdom and Belief in Theology and Philosophyp. 231
Provocationp. 245
Indexp. 253
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