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“Vital” –The New York Times Book Review
“Provocative…[Hazleton] paddles the river of doubt with energy and exuberance.” –The Seattle Times
A widely admired writer on religion celebrates agnosticism as the most vibrant, engaging—and ultimately the most honest—stance toward the mysteries of existence.
One in four Americans reject any affiliation with organized religion, and nearly half of those under thirty describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” But as the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the millions who find no joy in whittling the wonder of existence to a simple yes/no choice?
Lesley Hazleton does. In this provocative, brilliant book, she gives voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it free of its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous “seeking,” and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and sustaining stance toward life. Stepping over the lines imposed by rigid conviction, she draws on philosophy, theology, psychology, science, and more to explore, with curiosity and passion, the vital role of mystery in a deceptively information-rich world; to ask what we mean by the search for meaning; to invoke the humbling yet elating perspective of infinity; to challenge received ideas about death; and to reconsider what “the soul” might be. Inspired and inspiring, Agnostic recasts the question of belief not as a problem to be solved but as an invitation to an ongoing, open-ended adventure of the mind.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Lesley Hazleton is an award-winning writer whose work focuses on the intersection of religion, history, and politics. She reported on the Middle East from Jerusalem for more than a dozen years, and has written for Time, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, The Nation, and The New Republic, among others. Her book After the Prophet was a finalist for a PEN Center USA Literary Award, and she is the recipient of The Stranger’s Genius in Literature Award. Hazleton lives in Seattle.
Table of Contents
1 Beyond Either/Or 1
2 The Three-Letter Word 23
3 In Doubt We Trust 53
4 Mystery Play 81
5 Making Meaning 107
6 The Sense of an Ending 133
7 Everything and More 159
8 Imperfect Soul 183
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An excellent antidote to false certainty...all false certainty, not just religion.
One of the best books I've read. I would 100% recommend it to everyone, religious or not.