AN Athiest Defends Religion

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Defending religion as a cultural institution in the face of resurgent atheistic thought

. For centuries, the theism-atheism debate has been dominated by two positions: stringent believers committed to the "yes, there is a God" argument, and atheists vehemently driven to repudiate not only God, but also religion as a cultural institution. To date, this is the first and only mainstream book in which a nonbeliever criticizes ...

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Overview

A new perspective.

Defending religion as a cultural institution in the face of resurgent atheistic thought

. For centuries, the theism-atheism debate has been dominated by two positions: stringent believers committed to the "yes, there is a God" argument, and atheists vehemently driven to repudiate not only God, but also religion as a cultural institution. To date, this is the first and only mainstream book in which a nonbeliever criticizes atheism and affirms religion.

An Atheist Defends Religion persuasively argues that religion is overwhelmingly beneficial for humanity, regardless of whether God exists, based on a new paradigm of 10 affirmative dimensions that make up religious experience. It also puts to rest the theory that religion is behind most of the world's sectarian violence by showing that religion becomes evil when it is politicized. Readers will learn they do not have to be fundamentalists to be believers, and about the value and benefits of religion itself.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781592578542
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Sheiman has been a student of philosophy and theology for 30 years and is the author of Getting into Graduate Business School. His interest in the atheismtheism debate led him to the Unitarian Universalist Church of All Souls in Manhattan, one of the nation's most influential progressive religious communities.
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Table of Contents

Introduction The Great Debate Stalemate

Ch. 1 Religion Is Finding Life's Meaning: Myth, Ritual, and the Sacred 1

Ch. 2 Religion Is Caring for Humanity: Community, Morality, and Altruism 23

Ch. 3 Religion Is Union with the Divine: Salvation, Transcendence, and Apotheosis 47

Ch. 4 Religion Is Deepening the Soul: Mental Health, Happiness, and Longer Life 69

Ch. 5 Religion Is a Force for Progress: Human Rights, Science, and Universal Ethics 89

Ch. 6 Religion, Fundamentalism, and Violence 117

Ch. 7 The Spectrum of Religiosity 143

Ch. 8 Militant Atheism's Abuse of Science 151

Ch. 9 Reconciling Religion and Science 167

Ch. 10 The Dynamics of Faith and Reason 185

Ch. 11 The Existential Implications of Science: Does Life Have a Purpose? 195

Epilogue: Religion Flourishes; Atheism Flounders 221

Bibliography 227

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