Is Religion Irrational?

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Lion Books, 2011 - Religion - 176 pages
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Straddling the boundaries between science, religion, and philosophy, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the current cultural war between atheism and belief

 

A wide ranging and informed discussion that addresses the key questions raised by the New Atheists, this engaging and stimulating read debunks the notion that rationality and intelligence are incompatible with belief in God. If the New Atheists are to be believed, religious belief is dangerous and irrational. With increasingly intolerant polemic they are dismissing the views of religious people, and misconstruing them in the process. Written with wit, style, and clarity of meaning, this book directly addresses many of the main criticisms raised by the New Atheists—such as Does God cause evil? Is the universe intelligently designed? Is God free?—and is an indispensable read for anyone interested in the arguments for and against religious belief.

 

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Contents

Why Does Belief in God Matter?
6
What is God?
19
Does God Cause Evil?
31
Is the Universe Intelligently Designed?
45
The Sense of Transcendence
59
Is God Free?
74
Are Faith and Reason Incompatible?
86
What is Revelation?
101
How God Acts in the World A Christian Understanding
115
Is Religion Evil?
130
How Should We Interpret the Bible?
142
What is the Future of Religion?
155
Index
172
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Keith Ward is an Anglican priest and joint president of the World Congress of Faiths. He is the author of more than 20 books, including The Big Questions in Science and Religion, Divine Action, Is Religion Dangerous?, What the Bible Really Teaches, and Why There Almost Certainly Is a God.

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