Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World

Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World

by Eric Dietrich


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231171021
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 848,839
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Eric Dietrich is professor of philosophy at Binghamton University and the founding editor and current editor in chief of the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence. He is the author of numerous papers and several books focusing on cognitive science, consciousness, artificial intelligence, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind.

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Who's in Charge of the World's Mysteries?
1. The Traveler to Excellent Beauty: Invited Rather Than Drafted
Part I. Of Spiritual Journeys
2. What Is a Religion?
3. The One Billion
4. The Traveler's Dark Night of the Soul
Appendix to Chapter 4: Statistics and Probability Meet Job
Part II. The Biology of Religion, the Psychology of Morality
5. Justifying the Ways of God to Man via Evolution
Appendix to Chapter 5: Yes, There Really Is Such a Thing as a Coincidence
6. Does God Want You Dead?
7. Good Without Gods
Part III. The Journey in Tatters
8. Beyond Atheism: The Religion Illusion
9. The Janus-Faced Hominid
Part IV. Ther Heretic's Way: Into the Mysterious Realm
10. Some Strangeness in the Proportion
Appendix to Chapter 10: A Compendium of Mysteries
11. The Beauty of Seeing More Than We Can Understand
Appendix to Chapter 11: Welcome to the Inscrutable
12. The Personal Mystery and the Impersonal God
13. Summa Mysteriologica

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