"Reasons to Be Suspicious of Faith" presents some of the emotional responses frequently voiced by non-believers. In the absence of conclusive empirical evidence and logical proof, we are left with "feelings"-some of which are quite poignant. Though these emotions deserve respect when they are genuine (as opposed to derisive or exhibitionist), all eventually undercut themselves in hopeless contradiction.
Finally, "Reasons to Be Inclined to Have Faith" argues that our sentimental orientation as human beings becomes most coherent and is pointed in the most productive direction if we assume certain spiritual realities. The rudiments of faith cannot be proved any more than they can be disproved. Yet to assume a higher reality, far from being less reasonable, is much more so if we are trying to explain such cryptic inclinations as our admiration for selfless deeds and the crushing guilt we feel after committing a vile act.
The book seldom cites biblical passages. Its intent is explicitly not to presume that the reader acknowledges the authority of any scriptural tradition, but rather to place final authority in the soul's mirror: a bared, self-examining heart and mind.
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About the Author
Lately, he has also written a great deal of fiction, the climax of which is his novel, Footprints in the Snow of the Moon. Along with this work, he considers A Body Without Breath (Arcturus, 2002), a testament of faith both scholarly and personal, to be his writing career’s great achievement. Though both of the latter are out of print, he hopes to bring them back with the help of a publisher like Page. Dr. Harris teaches at the University of Texas at Tyler, where he resides with his wife and son.