Is Religion Irrational?

Is Religion Irrational?

by Keith Ward


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If the New Atheists are to be believed, religious belief is not only dangerous and irrational, but just plain stupid. With increasingly intolerant polemic they are dismissing the views of religious people, and misconstruing them in the process. In this book, Keith Ward debunks the notion that rationality and intelligence are incompatible with belief in God, going through some of the main criticisms raised by the New Atheists (and their predecessors), for example: - Does God cause evil? - Is the universe intelligently designed? - Is God free? This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the current cultural war between atheism and belief.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506458298
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 05/22/2019
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Keith Ward is a fellow of the British Academy and Professional Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He was formerly Professor of Religion at King's College, London, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, and a member of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is also a well-known broadcaster and author of over twenty books, including More than Matter? and Is Religion Irrational?

Table of Contents

1 Why Does Belief in God Matter? 6

2 What is God? 19

3 Does God Cause Evil? 31

4 Is the Universe Intelligently Designed? 45

5 The Sense of Transcendence 59

6 Is God Free? 74

7 Are Faith and Reason Incompatible? 86

8 What is Revelation? 101

9 How God Acts in the World - A Christian Understanding 115

10 Is Religion Evil? 130

11 How Should We Interpret the Bible? 142

12 What is the Future of Religion? 155

Index 172

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