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.

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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.

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