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The meaning of belief
religion from an atheist's point of view
VerfasserIn: Crane, Tim
Verfasserangabe: Tim Crane
Jahr: 2017
Verlag: Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press
Mediengruppe: Buch
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Contemporary debate about religion seems to be going nowhere. Atheists persist with their arguments, many plausible and some unanswerable, but these make no impact on religious believers. Defenders of religion find atheists equally unwilling to cede ground. The Meaning of Belief offers a way out of this stalemate. An atheist himself, Tim Crane writes that there is a fundamental flaw with most atheists' basic approach: religion is not what they think it is. Atheists tend to treat religion as a kind of primitive cosmology, as the sort of explanation of the universe that science offers. They conclude that religious believers are irrational, superstitious, and bigoted. But this view of religion is almost entirely inaccurate. Crane offers an alternative account based on two ideas. The first is the idea of a religious impulse: the sense people have of something transcending the world of ordinary experience, even if it cannot be explicitly articulated. The second is the idea of identification: the fact that religion involves belonging to a specific social group and participating in practices that reinforce the bonds of belonging. Once these ideas are properly understood, the inadequacy of atheists' conventional conception of religion emerges. The Meaning of Belief does not assess the truth or falsehood of religion. Rather, it looks at the meaning of religious belief and offers a way of understanding it that both makes sense of current debate and also suggests what more intellectually responsible and practically effective attitudes atheists might take to the phenomenon of religion.... (Verlagstext)
Table of Contents
Preface ix
1 Religion and the Atheist's Point of View
1 (34)
2 The Religious Impulse
35 (45)
3 Identification
80 (38)
4 Religion and Violence
118 (43)
5 The Meaning of Tolerance
161 (34)
Notes 195 (10)
Index 205
VerfasserIn: Crane, Tim
VerfasserInnenangabe: Tim Crane
Jahr: 2017
Verlag: Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press
Systematik: PR.AI, FS.E
Interessenkreis: Englisch [Sprache]
ISBN: 978-0-674-08883-2
2. ISBN: 0-674-08883-2
Beschreibung: xiv, 207 Seiten
Sprache: Englisch
Fußnote: Enhält: Index (Seiten 205-207)
Mediengruppe: Buch