Is God A Delusion: A Reply to Religion's Cultured Despisers [NOOK Book]

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Is God a Delusion? addresses the philosophical underpinnings of the recent proliferation of popular books attacking religious beliefs. The book focuses primarily on charges leveled by recent critics that belief in God is irrational and that its nature ferments violence. It balances philosophical rigor and scholarly care with an engaging, accessible style, and offers a direct response to the crop of recent anti-religion bestsellers currently generating considerable public ...
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Is God A Delusion: A Reply to Religion's Cultured Despisers

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Overview

Is God a Delusion? addresses the philosophical underpinnings of the recent proliferation of popular books attacking religious beliefs. The book focuses primarily on charges leveled by recent critics that belief in God is irrational and that its nature ferments violence. It balances philosophical rigor and scholarly care with an engaging, accessible style, and offers a direct response to the crop of recent anti-religion bestsellers currently generating considerable public discussion.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Atheism-and contra-atheism-is a much overpublished topic, and Reitan, a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University, is late to the party. Nonetheless, he makes an elegantly argued response to Christopher Hitchens et al. that is refreshing in several respects. Neither polemical nor defensive, he writes primarily as a logician, rather than a believer. He brings into the contemporary fray many philosophers who reasoned well about God long ago: Anselm, Aquinas, Leibniz, Schleiermacher. He explains so many arguments so clearly that the book could function as an introductory philosophical text on the perennial subject of God's existence. He also looks squarely in the face of the contemporary horrors that many have used to argue for God's non-existence and still comes off the theodicy battleground with a sense of God as ethico-religious hope, "the substance of things hoped for." The clarity of his presentation should make this book useful after atheism has finished its moment in the sun. (Dec.)

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"This book is to be appreciated for its readability, a trait not readily found in many philosophers." (Lutheran Quarterly, July 2010)

"Makes an elegantly argued response … that is refreshing in several respects. Neither polemical nor defensive … he brings into the contemporary fray many philosophers who reasoned well about God long ago. He looks squarely in the face of the contemporary horrors that many have used to argue for God's non-existence and still comes off the theodicy battleground with a sense of God as ethico-religious hope, 'the substance of things hoped for.' The clarity of his presentation should make this book useful after atheism has finished its moment in the sun." (Publisher's Weekly Religion Update)

"Reitan's execution is truly remarkable, maintaining both sympathy with the criticism of exclusive and closed-minded religious views while exposing fallacious and closed-minded attacks on human expression of religious belief and hope.… Highly recommended." (Choice Magazine)

"In the book you get two things for the price of one. 1- An intro to the philosophy of religion and 2- a fun, readable, and vigorous critical response to the New Atheists." (Tripp Fuller, Homebrewed Christianity)

"Reitan's resurrection of the phrase 'cultured despisers' underscores one of the most compelling purposes of his book, namely, to show that the arguments of today's articulate atheists are rehash of yesteryear's angst." (Religion Dispatches)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444358186
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 584 KB

Meet the Author

Eric Reitan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University with more than thirty articles published in professional journals. In 2004 he was the recipient of Oklahoma State University's Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 On Religion and Equivocation 14

2 "The God Hypothesis" and the Concept of God 35

3 Divine Tyranny and the Goodness of God 58

4 Science, Transcendence, and Meaning 76

5 Philosophy and God's Existence, Part I 101

6 Philosophy and God's Existence, Part II 120

7 Religious Consciousness 140

8 The Substance of Things Hoped For 164

9 Evil and the Meaning of Life 187

10 The Root of All Evil? 208

Notes 226

References 234

Index 241

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