Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate

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Yale University Press, Apr 21, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 200 pages
Terry Eagleton's witty and polemical Reason, Faith, and Revolution is bound to cause a stir among scientists, theologians, people of faith and people of no faith, as well as general readers eager to understand the God Debate. On the one hand, Eagleton demolishes what he calls the superstitious view of God held by most atheists and agnostics and offers in its place a revolutionary account of the Christian Gospel. On the other hand, he launches a stinging assault on the betrayal of this revolution by institutional Christianity. There is little joy here, then, either for the anti-God brigade--Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens in particular--nor for many conventional believers. Instead, Eagleton offers his own vibrant account of religion and politics in a book that ranges from the Holy Spirit to the recent history of the Middle East, from Thomas Aquinas to the Twin Towers.

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Eagelton admits that it is based on a series of lectures that he has expanded by including more detailed argument. This shows, the beginning of each chapter is punchy and on topic, the later parts of ... Read full review

Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (The Terry Lectures Series)

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Eagleton (English literature, Univ. of Lancaster; Holy Terror) is one of our era's most renowned literary theorists. For the 2008 Dwight H. Terry lectures at Yale University, which support a humanist ... Read full review


1 The Scum of the Earth
2 The Revolution Betrayed
3 Faith and Reason
4 Culture and Barbarism

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Terry Eagleton received a Ph.D from Cambridge University. He is a literary critic and a writer. He has written about 50 books including Shakespeare and Society, Criticism and Ideology, The Ideology of the Aesthetic, Literary Theory, The Illusions of Postmodernism, Why Marx Was Right, The Event of Literature, and Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America. He wrote a novel entitled Saints and Scholars, several plays including Saint Oscar, and a memoir entitled The Gatekeeper. He is also the chair in English literature in Lancaster University's department of English and creative writing.

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