9780826496362

Why Believe?

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  • ISBN13:

    9780826496362

  • ISBN10:

    0826496369

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-06
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Why Believe? sees John Cottingham, a philosopher of searing intellectual honesty, examine our society's struggle with the concept of belief. 

Author Biography

Professor Cottingham has the Chair in Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK. This was Anthony Flews Chair previously.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Belief and its Benefits
How believing affects living
How believing works
Belief and human sensibilities
Belief and integrity
Belief, Reason, Goodness
Yearnings and their objective correlative
From benefits to reasons
God as source
The best explanation?
Belief and the Unknown
The unknown God?
Hume's critique
The problems of transcendence
Revelation and the Incarnate Word
Obstacles to Belief
How difficult can it get?
Supernatural intervention
Back to fundamentalism?
Revelation and cognition
Belief and Meaning
Truth and concealment
Evidence and accessibility
Vision and transformation
Moral growth and spiritual conversion
Learning to Believe
The lessons of life
Prevailing images of belief: exclusivism
Ultimate responsibility
Souls and the afterlife
Believing and living
Providence and suffering
Humility and hope
Awe and thanksgiving
'Walk the believer's road!'
Bibliography
Index
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