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Titel: In Defense of Religious Moderation
Verlag: Columbia University Press
Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "The argument made by Egginton on behalf of religious moderation is a clear, nuanced, and important one. It sets out to show how the critique of religion offered by these well-known atheist authors is guilty of the same fundamentalist logic of which they are so critical. He writes with great ease and clarity. His many uses of examples drawn from legal cases, popular culture, and his own personal experience will resonate with readers.". Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_023114878X
In his latest book, William Egginton laments the current debate over religion in America, in which religious fundamentalists have set the tone of political discourse—no one can get elected without advertising a personal relation to God, for example—and prominent atheists treat religious belief as the root of all evil. Neither of these positions, Egginton argues, adequately represents the attitudes of a majority of Americans who, while identifying as Christians, Jews, and Muslims, do not find fault with those who support different faiths and philosophies. In fact, Egginton goes so far as to question whether fundamentalists and atheists truly oppose each other, united as they are in their commitment to a "code of codes." In his view, being a religious fundamentalist does not require adhering to a particular religious creed. Fundamentalists—and stringent atheists—unconsciously believe that the methods we use to understand the world are all versions of an underlying master code. This code of codes represents an ultimate truth, explaining everything. Surprisingly, perhaps the most effective weapon against such thinking is religious moderation, a way of believing that questions the very possibility of a code of codes as the source of all human knowledge. The moderately religious, with their inherent skepticism toward a master code, are best suited to protect science, politics, and other diverse strains of knowledge from fundamentalist attack, and to promote a worldview based on the compatibility between religious faith and scientific method.
Through a far-reaching realignment of the controversies surrounding religion, a leading philosopher offers an antidote to extreme forms of thought.
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