By Bruce Sheiman
A new perspective.
Defending faith as a cultural establishment within the face of resurgent atheistic idea. for hundreds of years, the theism-atheism debate has been ruled by way of positions: stringent believers dedicated to the "yes, there's a God" argument, and atheists vehemently pushed to repudiate not just God, but in addition faith as a cultural establishment. so far, this is often the 1st and in basic terms mainstream e-book during which a nonbeliever criticizes atheism and affirms faith. An Atheist Defends faith persuasively argues that faith is overwhelmingly precious for humanity, whether God exists, in keeping with a brand new paradigm of 10 affirmative dimensions that make up spiritual adventure. It additionally places to leisure the speculation that faith is at the back of lots of the world's sectarian violence through exhibiting that faith turns into evil whilst it truly is politicized. Readers will study they don't have to be fundamentalists to be believers, and in regards to the price and merits of faith itself.
Read Online or Download An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity Is Better Off with Religion Than Without It PDF
Similar spirituality books
Whilst a very likely career-ending shoulder harm left quarterback Drew Brees with out a team—and dealing with the daunting activity of getting to profit to throw a soccer in every single place again—coaches round the NFL puzzled, Will he ever come again? After typhoon Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving greater than eighty percentage of town underwater, many puzzled, Will the town ever get back?
What's Zen? examines Zen's non secular roots, its effect on japanese and Western tradition, its transcendent moments, and the tools of Zen meditation which are at present practiced.
An opportunity come across with a replica of Rembrandt's The go back of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a protracted religious event. right here he stocks the deeply own and resonant meditation that led him to find where inside of the place God has selected to dwell.
In seizing the foundation that got here to him via Rembrandt's depiction of the robust Gospel tale, Henri Nouwen probes the different pursuits of the myth: the more youthful son's go back, the father's recovery of sonship, the elder son's vengefulness, and the father's compassion. In his mirrored image on Rembrandt in mild of his personal lifestyles trip, the writer conjures up a strong drama of the myth in a wealthy, beautiful means that's guaranteed to reverberate within the hearts of readers. the topics of homecoming, confirmation, and reconciliation may be newly chanced on by way of all who've recognized loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The problem to like because the father and be enjoyed because the son might be noticeable because the final revelation of the myth identified to Christians all through time, and right here represented with a power and gear clean for our times.
For all who ask, "Where has my fight led me? " or for these "on the road" who've had the braveness to embark at the trip yet search the illumination of a identified approach and secure passage, this paintings will encourage and consultant whenever it's read.
"The go back of the Prodigal Son is a gorgeous booklet, as appealing within the uncomplicated readability of its knowledge as within the poor great thing about the transformation to which it calls us. " --New Oxford evaluate
During this unique twenty-fifth anniversary variation of Thomas Moore’s bestselling Care of the Soul, which incorporates a new advent by way of the writer, readers are offered with a innovative method of puzzling over day-by-day life—everyday actions, occasions, difficulties, and inventive opportunities—and a healing way of life is proposed that specializes in taking a look extra deeply into emotional difficulties and studying how one can feel sacredness in usual issues.
- The Compass of Zen (Shambhala Dragon Editions)
- Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott
- Zen 24/7: All Zen, All the Time
- Buddhism: A Short History
Extra info for An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity Is Better Off with Religion Than Without It
It is fascinating to look at areas in our secular culture where the death-rebirth experience is expressed. In a prosperous society, rarely do we confront actual death. As a result, many people actively contrive scenarios where death looms prominently in the background. I have always been more than a little curious of people who, under the guise of “recreation,” voluntarily expose themselves to overt danger. In the name of “excitement,” more and more people in prosperous Western societies are risking their lives to the point where activities like extreme sports have become an industry of some scale.
For a time, many secularists were able to derive meaning from feeling that they stood at the forefront of scientiﬁc knowledge and technological progression. That lasted until the latter part of the twentieth century, when we saw an explosion of New Age religions replacing the secular visions of progress, which themselves had replaced the religious myths of old. Of course, for most of us, New Age religions are ﬂakey and insubstantial, which is why more recently we have witnessed a renaissance of traditional religion in an attempt by many people to return to their spiritual origins.
The most cynical see in religion a blind obedience to moral authority and an oppressive behavioral-control system. There is no question that some religious adherents exhibit an authoritarian orientation, but the same can be said for many nonreligious people. ) For the vast majority of people, however, authoritarianism is not the deﬁning feature of religious morality. God is not seen as a parent in a disciplinary or authoritarian sense, but in the sense of a loving father who teaches the way to achieve salvation or liberation.