Philosophers and God: At the Frontiers of Faith and Reason

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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—by Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and others—but many have complained not just of their theological illiteracy but also of their tendency to conflate religious belief with fundamentalism. They have contributed to a public atmosphere of anti-pluralist hostility to the expression of "faith ...

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Overview

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—by Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and others—but many have complained not just of their theological illiteracy but also of their tendency to conflate religious belief with fundamentalism. They have contributed to a public atmosphere of anti-pluralist hostility to the expression of "faith positions." The atmosphere in Britain of aggressive secularism contrasts sharply with a public culture in the USA of religious conservatism that is suspicious of secular humanism. Here, a series of philosophers reflect, in an exploratory and confessional spirit, upon the status and sources of their religion or other spiritual sympathies—this may come in the form of a commitment to faith, an openness to religion, or another experience of transcendence. The authors get down to the essentials of religious agnosticism, the limits of secular humanism, the idea of conversion, the nature of despair, and the possibility of moral objectivity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847065483
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/25/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,385,648
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


John Cornwell is a journalist and author with a lifelong interest in literature, religion, and science. His books have included A Thief in the Night, Hitler's Pope, and Seminary Boy. In 1984 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and currently directs the Science and Human Dimension Project at Jesus College, Cambridge.

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface (JC)

Introduction (MM)

Peter Lipton, Science and Religion: The Immersion Solution Stephen R L Clark, What has Plotinus' One to do with God?
Nicholas Lash, Thinking, Attending, Praying David E. Cooper, Mystery, World and Religion Daphne Hampson, Searching for God?
Janet Martin Soskice, Love and Reason Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Beyond my God, with God's Blessing Morny Joy, In Search of Wisdom Anthony Kenny, Agnosticism and Atheism Clare Carlisle, Ideals without Idealism James P Mackey, The God of the Prophet Jesus of Nazareth Michael McGhee, Humanism and Spirituality: or How to be a Good Atheist Pamela Sue Anderson, A Turn to Spiritual Virtues in Philosophy of Religion: 'The Thoughtful Love of Life'
Richard Norman, Secularism and Shared Values Anthony O'Hear, Religion in Public Life Gordon Graham, Religion and theology Simon Oliver, Wisdom and Belief in Theology and Philosophy Harriet A Harris, Provocation

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