Is Religion Irrational?

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Straddling the boundaries between science, religion, and philosophy, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the current cultural war between atheism and belief

A wide ranging and informed discussion that addresses the key questions raised by the New Atheists, this engaging and stimulating read debunks the notion that rationality and intelligence are incompatible with belief in God. If the New Atheists are to be believed, religious belief is dangerous and ...

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Overview

Straddling the boundaries between science, religion, and philosophy, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the current cultural war between atheism and belief

A wide ranging and informed discussion that addresses the key questions raised by the New Atheists, this engaging and stimulating read debunks the notion that rationality and intelligence are incompatible with belief in God. If the New Atheists are to be believed, religious belief is dangerous and irrational. With increasingly intolerant polemic they are dismissing the views of religious people, and misconstruing them in the process. Written with wit, style, and clarity of meaning, this book directly addresses many of the main criticisms raised by the New Atheists—such as Does God cause evil? Is the universe intelligently designed? Is God free?—and is an indispensable read for anyone interested in the arguments for and against religious belief.

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"Although he lacks the glibness, arrogance, and fame of best-selling antireligionists Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, Ward neatly cuts the ground from under such global-village atheists."  —Booklist on Is Religion Dangerous?

"An impressively insightful and well-balanced survey of major questions for science-and-religion dialogue. . . . Writing as a scholar of world religions, Ward discusses multiple traditions at a level of depth and detail that exceeds the normal standards of the science and religion literature. "  —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Big Questions of Science and Religion

"Ward, with humor and skill, deftly and accurately guides us through the ages of reflection on what can and cannot be known about God. . . . This book inspires considerable thought and thus belongs in every library."  —Library Journal on God: A Guide For the Perplexed

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745955407
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Ward is an Anglican priest and joint president of the World Congress of Faiths. He is the author of more than 20 books, including The Big Questions in Science and Religion, Divine Action, Is Religion Dangerous?, What the Bible Really Teaches, and Why There Almost Certainly Is a God.

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Table of Contents

1 Why Does Belief in God Matter? 6

2 What is God? 19

3 Does God Cause Evil? 31

4 Is the Universe Intelligently Designed? 45

5 The Sense of Transcendence 59

6 Is God Free? 74

7 Are Faith and Reason Incompatible? 86

8 What is Revelation? 101

9 How God Acts in the World - A Christian Understanding 115

10 Is Religion Evil? 130

11 How Should We Interpret the Bible? 142

12 What is the Future of Religion? 155

Index 172

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