The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

by Solomon Schimmel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195188268

ISBN-13: 9780195188264

Pub. Date: 08/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs is a passionate yet analytical critique of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural fundamentalists. Author Solomon Schimmel examines the ways in which otherwise intelligent Jews, Christians, and Muslims defend their belief in the divine authorship of the Bible or of the Koran, as well as other religious beliefs derived from those…  See more details below

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The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs is a passionate yet analytical critique of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural fundamentalists. Author Solomon Schimmel examines the ways in which otherwise intelligent Jews, Christians, and Muslims defend their belief in the divine authorship of the Bible or of the Koran, as well as other religious beliefs derived from those claims, against overwhelming evidence and argument to the contrary from science, scholarship, common sense, and rational analysis. He also examines the motives, fears, and anxieties of scriptural fundamentalists that induce them to cling to tenaciously to their unreasonable beliefs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195188264
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Why this book? : autobiographical reflections 3

Ch. 2 Faith, revelation, and reason 17

Ch. 3 Jewish Biblical fundamentalism 39

Ch. 4 Christian Biblical fundamentalism 101

Ch. 5 Muslim Koranic fundamentalism 135

Ch. 6 Acquiring and protecting unreasonable beliefs 167

Ch. 7 On "defundamentalizing" fundamentalists 221

Notes 229

Bibliography 263

Index 275

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