An Enlightened Philosophy: Can an Atheist Believe Anything?

An Enlightened Philosophy: Can an Atheist Believe Anything?

by Geoff Crocker


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An Enlightened Philosophy: Can an Atheist Believe Anything? by Geoff Crocker

This is an exciting book, breaking new ground and in particular the stale confrontation between atheism and religion. Calling on his experience in industry and his interest in faith and values, Geoff Crocker offers a fresh interpretation of religion as strong myth from which to create personal and social values. He argues that contemporary atheism, whilst a valid hypothesis, destroys a source of values without offering any alternative. The result is moral nihilism and a materialist self centred consumer society.This he argues is much less than a full understanding of human life and society. He starts by tracing the development of philosophy to an atheist position, arguing that metaphysical concepts, an aspect of faith, are essential to human life. He then suggests a reinterpretation of the religious texts as myth, offering a wide range of examples on themes of justice, love, the market, the role of the state, fear, resurrection and sibling rivalry. This book will appeal both to secularists who are looking for believable interpretation of faith and to Christians looking for a relevant interpretation of faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846944246
Publisher: Iff Books
Publication date: 03/25/2011
Pages: 131
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Faith and Atheism - a possible synthesis? 1

The main synthesis 2

The detailed argument 5

Humanity today 7

Why people don't believe 8

Creation, complexity, Darwin and Dawkins 8

Contemporary philosophers 13

The history of religion 17

Technology is god? 18

European intellectual cynicism, American believerism and Asian religion 21

A holistic history of humanity 24

Enlightened humanity 28

Enlightenment time line 33

Cogito ergo sum 34

Choice, cause and chance 35

Determination of outcomes 43

Are we alone - does cosmology suggest theism? 45

Metaphysics - from Aristotle to Hegel 51

Current thinking - the paradigm of postmodern society 52

The church in modernity 57

Towards a synthesis 71

The physical connection 72

The soul connection 75

The divine connection 77

The myth connection 78

A proposed synthesis 80

Andre Comte-Sponville

A Short Treatise on the Great Virtues 82

Justice 87

Love 95

Market 97

Institutions 101

The role of the state 106

Myth - and resurrection 107

Myth - the trinity 110

Myth - sibling rivalry 112

Fear 113

The blessed life 114

Hosting the synthesis 117

Bibliography 118

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