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The End of Faith Religion Terror and the Future of Reason

The End of Faith  Religion  Terror  and the Future of Reason Author Sam Harris
ISBN-10 039306672X
Release 2005-09-17
Pages 256
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"The End of Faith articulates the dangers and absurdities of organized religion so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated....Harris writes what a sizable number of us think, but few are willing to say."—Natalie Angier, ?New York Times In ?The End of Faith?, Sam Harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world. He offers a vivid, historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs—even when these beliefs inspire the worst human atrocities. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris draws on insights from neuroscience, philosophy, and Eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic. Winner of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction.

Letter To A Christian Nation

Letter To A Christian Nation Author Sam Harris
ISBN-10 9781446464908
Release 2011-05-31
Pages 112
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"A hard-hitting polemic against religious fundamentalism" - Foreword by Richard Dawkins 'Thousands of people have written to tell me that I am wrong not to believe in God. The most hostile of these communications have come from Christians. This is ironic, as Christians generally imagine that no faith imparts the virtues of love and forgiveness more effectively than their own. The truth is that many who claim to be transformed by Christ's love are deeply, even murderously, intolerant of criticism. While we may want to ascribe this to human nature, it is clear that such hatred draws considerable support from the Bible. How do I know this? The most disturbed of my correspondents always cite chapter and verse.' So begins Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris's hard-hitting rebuttal of religious fundamentalism and blind belief. With deceptively simple arguments, he demolishes the myths on which Christianity was built, challenges believers to open their eyes to the contradictions of their faith and warns us of the dangers of America's ever increasing unification of Church and State. Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason and winner of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Non-fiction. He is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University and is now completing a doctorate in neuroscience. He lives in New York.

Saving Globalization

Saving Globalization Author Mike Moore
ISBN-10 9780470825037
Release 2009-12-02
Pages 293
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Globalization is not new, nor is it a policy, it’s a process that has existed as long as man looked over the horizon, traveled and traded. It can’t be stopped but it can be slowed. It came to a grinding halt in August 1914 and the Marxist detour cost millions of lives and lost three generations their opportunity and hope in many countries. More wealth has been created in the past 60 years than in all of history. After the most successful decade of sustained economic growth in history, this progress is threatened. Extreme inequality, corruption and environmental degradation threaten the stability and legitimacy of many developing countries’ regimes. Anti-globalization and anti-capitalist campaigners’ confidence has been emboldened due to the recent economic crisis. Protectionist rhetoric is growing as are the arguments to control and regulate markets. Leaders are meeting to discuss how to face these problems and create a new international architecture. How did we get to this position? What should we do? What is it that determines why some contemporary states are successful while others have failed? Saving Globalization attempts to answer these questions by tracing the development of what Moore considers to be “the big ideas of history”: democracy, independent courts, the separation of church and state, property rights, independent courts, a professional civil service, and civil society. Democratic capitalism has worked for most people. Why? It is a remarkable story, from the Greeks to the Geeks, encompassing technological progress and the corrections and contradictions between liberty and equality, technology, growth and the environment. In defence of the many virtues and opportunities that globalization offers, Mike Moore makes the case for a fresh and new approach to our international institutions and for domestic policies that promote equity and fairness.

Faith Science and the Future

Faith  Science and the Future Author Charles P. Henderson
ISBN-10 9780974701325
Release 2007-06-01
Pages 172
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Faith Science and the Future has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Faith Science and the Future also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Faith Science and the Future book for free.

Faith On a Stone Foundation

Faith On a Stone Foundation Author Stephan Grozinger
ISBN-10 9781483587677
Release 2016-11-30
Pages 572
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Christianity appears to be in sharp decline. Between 2007 and 2014, the number of adults in the United States who consider themselves Christian dropped from 78% to 70%. For two millennia, despite many profound challenges, Christianity experienced nothing but exponential growth. Now, in the last decade, Christians are simply walking away from religious affiliation. What is going on? Will faith inevitably decline? Will our understanding of God become secularized until He is nothing but a metaphor for what is good and noble in humanity? Author Stephan Grozinger argues that faith’s best years are still ahead of it. He explores recent advances in science and philosophy regarding the question of whether human beings have free will and concludes that we do not. But far from being a source of anxiety or even a death sentence for faith, this idea may be the instrument of its renewal. Grozinger describes how, in its earliest years, Christianity came under the thrall of Platonism, which offered some proofs of God’s existence, but at a heavy price. The influence of Plato created a hybrid vision of God: the unconditionally loving God of Scripture and an immovable god, the very Form of Good, who commands, tests, rewards and punishes. The same powerful evolutionary forces that shaped our bodies and minds seduced us into thinking these two contradictory visions could be reconciled. Christianity became a religion that encouraged good, socially useful behavior and turned itself into a scold. Unable to embrace the conclusions of science and philosophy regarding free will, popular-culture faith was left behind and often insults our intelligence and offends our moral sensibilities. But faith’s original message is still compelling. By setting aside Plato’s influence, a more ancient vision of God and our relationship to Him emerges. Unlike a Platonic god, the Scriptural God is not dependent on free will. Grozinger reviews familiar Bible stories such as The Garden, The Flood, Exodus, Jonah, and Job, and invites the reader to see them through new eyes to reveal a God who transcends good and useful behavior. He re-examines the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus in light of this new way of seeing the divine. As the story progresses, Grozinger challenges the assumptions of the New Atheists and offers a competing moral vision. Finally, the book closes with an examination of organized religion and how this new vision of faith is expressed in community.

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism Author Stephen Bullivant
ISBN-10 9780191667404
Release 2013-11-21
Pages 784
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Recent books by, among others, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have thrust atheism firmly into the popular, media, and academic spotlight. This so-called New Atheism is arguably the most striking development in western socio-religious culture of the past decade or more. As such, it has spurred fertile (and often heated) discussions both within, and between, a diverse range of disciplines. Yet atheism, and the New Atheism, are by no means co-extensive. Interesting though it indeed is, the New Atheism is a single, historically and culturally specific manifestation of positive atheism (the that there is/are no God/s), which is itself but one form of a far deeper, broader, and more significant global phenomenon. The Oxford Handbook of Atheism is a pioneering edited volume, exploring atheism—understood in the broad sense of 'an absence of belief in the existence of a God or gods'—in all the richness and diversity of its historical and contemporary expressions. Bringing together an international team of established and emerging scholars, it probes the varied manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary perspectives (philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, demography, psychology, natural sciences, gender and sexuality studies, literary criticism, film studies, musicology) and in a range of global contexts (Western Europe, North America, post-communist Europe, the Islamic world, Japan, India). Both surveying and synthesizing previous work, and presenting the major fruits of innovative recent research, the handbook is set to be a landmark text for the study of atheism.

Surat Terbuka untuk Bangsa Kristen

Surat Terbuka untuk Bangsa Kristen Author Sam Harris
ISBN-10 9793064625
Release 2008
Pages 172
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“Gagasan bahwa Yesus Kristus mati untuk menebus dosa kita dan kematiannya merupakan pengorbanan yang sukses untuk Tuhan yang ‘penuh kasih’ adalah warisan perselisihan berbau takhayul… yang menghantui orang-orang bingung sepanjang sejarah….” Buku The End of Faith (2004) menggegerkan dunia Kristen. Protes pun menyeruak. Ribuan umat Kristiani melayangkan surat kepada penulisnya, Sam Harris. Mereka mencela dan mengecam Harris karena "menentang" ajaran Kristen. Surat Terbuka untuk Bangsa Kristen adalah respons atas surat-surat tersebut. Di dalamnya, Harris menangkis protes yang ditujukan kepadanya. Mengupas topik-topik mutakhir terutama menyangkut relasi agama dan kekerasan, dia menyangkal dengan telak keyakinan kaum fundamentalis Kristen. Buku kecil ini menyodorkan informasi sekaligus kritik pedas ihwal dominasi Kristen konservatif di banyak lini kehidupan publik di Amerika Serikat. Lebih dari itu, karya ini mengabarkan bahwa fundamentalisme agama tak melulu monopoli Islam. Bacalah “surat” ini, dan Anda akan paham alasan teologis di balik invasi AS ke Irak, atau Afghanistan.

Liberating Christianity

Liberating Christianity Author Thomas C. Sorenson
ISBN-10 9781606080726
Release 2008-11-01
Pages 238
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Christianity is in crisis in our North American context, especially among the cultural elite and people with progressive views. The reasons for the faith's loss of credibility have to do, in large part, with the dominant philosophical materialism of our culture and with the understanding of the faith almost universally held by Americans both inside the churches and outside them. In this book, Thomas C. Sorenson calls this understanding Biblicism, by which he means the belief that the Bible is to be understood only literally and that, in one way or another, its authority comes from its claimed origin with God. Many enlightened people also reject Christianity because the only Christianity they know is the judgmental, socially conservative faith that the most vocal and visible advocates of the faith among us so loudly espouse. This book offers a different understanding of the faith. It begins with a discussion of the universal human experience of the spiritual dimension of reality. It then discusses symbol and myth as the necessary language for communicating that experience. The book shows that all human experience is necessarily subjective and that religious truth is thus also necessarily subjective. Therefore, religious truth is relative, not universal and absolute. The work argues that the Bible is a human work expressing its authors' experience of the divine. The book then discusses other obstacles to faith and offers a different understanding of the issues they raise. The book replaces the classical theory of atonement with a theology of the cross, based mainly on the work of Douglas John Hall. It redefines salvation as having to do with this life, not with the afterlife. It closes with a section that replaces the dominant social conservatism of popular Christianity with Jesus's teachings of nonviolence, economic justice, and radical inclusivity.

Religion in the Making

Religion in the Making Author Alfred North Whitehead
ISBN-10 0823216462
Release 1926
Pages 244
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This classic text in American Philosophy by one of the foremost figures in American philosophy offers a concise analysis of the various factors in human nature which go toward forming a religion, to exhibit the inevitable transformation of religion with the transformation of knowledge and to direct attention to the foundation of religion on our apprehension of those permanent elements by reason of which there is a stable order in the world, permanent elements apart from which there could be no changing world.


Postsecularism Author Mike King
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105215330437
Release 2009
Pages 279
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Spirituality in the post-9/11 world is a complex topic. The detente between secular culture and religious faith that characterised the 20th century, the 'mutual ignorance pact,' has been shattered. From the rise of Islamic extremism to the American Christian Right to the fiercely anti-religious writings of staunch atheists such as Richard Dawkins, the controversy over what role the spiritual can or should play in our lives, public and private, has never been more widely discussed or hotly contended. In Postsecularism , Mike King posits that out of this conflict between socially dominant secular thinkers and the 'new defenders of faith' is arising a distinct way of thinking that is neither a return to pre-Enlightenment beliefs nor a continued hegemony of the secular - the postsecular. At once a retention of secular critical attitudes and a return in all seriousness to questions of the spirit, the postsecular provides a framework within which to move beyond the extremism of faithful and atheists alike. Drawing on contemporary thinkers from across the spiritual spectrum including Dawkins, Antony Flew, Christopher Hitchens, Alister McGrath, Daniel Dennett, Keith Ward, Richard Swinburne and Martin Amis, King carefully constructs a new mode of thought and explores its relevance to everything from physics to the arts, postmodernism, and feminism. What emerges is a thoughtful and persuasive discussion of the route to reconciliation between the combative worlds of the religious and the secular.

The End of Christianity

The End of Christianity Author William A. Dembski
ISBN-10 9780805427431
Release 2009
Pages 238
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A leading intelligent design supporter writes to prove a good God’s existence in an evil world, in turn explaining what the end result of true Christianity must be.

The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail

The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail Author Becky Garrison
ISBN-10 9781418574550
Release 2008-01-01
Pages 256
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A challenge has been issued on matters of faith and Becky Garrison meets it head on in this witty yet poignant answer to the Anti-God gurus Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. Becky Garrison, religious satirist and senior contributing editor for The Wittenberg Door, is taking a stand. Where most Christians assume the character of the Cowardly Lion chanting, "I do believe, I do believe, I do believe," Garrison refuses to simply thrust tracts at these self-proclaimed infidels. Instead, Garrison steels her pen and takes on the ungodly program of the New Atheists, skewering each argument with her sharp satiric wit. Garrison turns aside the atheists' assault without ignoring its real criticisms, namely, the church's inadequate response to war, evolution, medical ethics, social justice, and other important issues in the post-9/11 world.

The Secular Outlook

The Secular Outlook Author Paul Cliteur
ISBN-10 1444390449
Release 2010-09-29
Pages 328
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The Secular Outlook: In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism shows how people can live together and overcome the challenge of religious terrorism by adopting a "secular outlook" on life and politics. Shows how secularism can answer the problem of religious terrorism Provides new perspectives on how religious minorities can be integrated into liberal democracies Reveals how secularism has gained a new political and moral significance. Also examines such topics as atheism, religious criticism and free speech

Ruminations on Violence

Ruminations on Violence Author Derek Pardue
ISBN-10 9781478609926
Release 2007-06-27
Pages 206
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Violence pervades humanity as experience, public policy, narrative, and mediated commodity. The goal of Ruminations on Violence is to discuss and analyze various contours of violence as it is made manifest around the world. This foundational collection of essays, stories, and poems represent a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives. The unifying theme is that violence is not a thing, but rather a dynamic force occurring among separate, conscious minds that is enhanced by the careful scrutiny of social science. This multifaceted anthology is both applied and theoretical in its approach, containing cross-cultural case studies and personal testimonies as well as impressionistic essays and theoretical statements on violence as a powerful discourse. The layout is thematic, moving from conventional anthropological and sociological issues of state-sponsored, ethnic, and domestic violence to media studies and popular-culture fields concerning the aesthetics and narration of violence. This uniquely eclectic viewpoint offers the reader interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives that will help them to understand the difficult issues surrounding the complex phenomenon that is violence.

The New Atheist Novel

The New Atheist Novel Author Arthur Bradley
ISBN-10 9781441157928
Release 2010-02-11
Pages 160
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The New Atheist Novel is the first study of a major new genre of contemporary fiction. It examines how Richard Dawkins's so-called 'New Atheism' movement has caught the imagination of four eminent modern novelists: Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Philip Pullman. For McEwan and his contemporaries, the contemporary novel represents a new front in the ideological war against religion, religious fundamentalism and, after 9/11, religious terror: the novel apparently stands for everything - freedom, individuality, rationality and even a secular experience of the transcendental - that religion seeks to overthrow. In this book, Bradley and Tate offer a genealogy of the New Atheist Novel: where it comes from, what needs it serves and, most importantly, where it may go in the future. What is it? How does it dramatise the war between belief and non-belief? To what extent does it represent a genuine ideological alternative to the religious imaginary or does it merely repeat it in secularised form? This fascinating study offers an incisive critique of this contemporary testament of literary belief and unbelief.

No Longer Invisible

No Longer Invisible Author Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen
ISBN-10 9780199977130
Release 2012-08-03
Pages 208
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Winner of a 2013 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award Drawing on conversations with hundreds of professors, co-curricular educators, administrators, and students from institutions spanning the entire spectrum of American colleges and universities, the Jacobsens illustrate how religion is constructively intertwined with the work of higher education in the twenty-first century. No Longer Invisible documents how, after decades when religion was marginalized, colleges and universities are re-engaging matters of faith-an educational development that is both positive and necessary. Religion in contemporary American life is now incredibly complex, with religious pluralism on the rise and the categories of "religious" and "secular" often blending together in a dizzying array of lifestyles and beliefs. Using the categories of historic religion, public religion, and personal religion, No Longer Invisible offers a new framework for understanding this emerging religious terrain, a framework that can help colleges and universities-and the students who attend them-interact with religion more effectively. The stakes are high: Faced with escalating pressures to focus solely on job training, American higher education may find that paying more careful and nuanced attention to religion is a prerequisite for preserving American higher education's longstanding commitment to personal, social, and civic learning.

Morality Without God

Morality Without God Author Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
ISBN-10 9780199910465
Release 2009-07-02
Pages 192
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Some argue that atheism must be false, since without God, no values are possible, and thus "everything is permitted." Walter Sinnott-Armstrong argues that God is not only not essential to morality, but that our moral behavior should be utterly independent of religion. He attacks several core ideas: that atheists are inherently immoral people; that any society will sink into chaos if it is becomes too secular; that without religion, we have no reason to be moral; that absolute moral standards require the existence of God; and that without religion, we simply couldn't know what is wrong and what is right. Sinnott-Armstrong brings to bear convincing examples and data, as well as a lucid, elegant, and easy to understand writing style. This book should fit well with the debates raging over issues like evolution and intelligent design, atheism, and religion and public life as an example of a pithy, tightly-constructed argument on an issue of great social importance. "In his call for sincere dialogue with theists, Sinnott-Armstrong provides a welcome relief from the apoplectic excesses of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, while also addressing objections to homosexuality and evolution frequently raised by evangelical Christians." --Publishers Weekly "[I]t is accessible and lively, my hope is that it will be widely read, especially by theists."--Peter Lamal, The Humanist "... the clarity of this text successfully defuses many erroneous claims about religion and morality, both popular and academic; this volume certainly deserves a wide audience in this increasingly secular and skeptical world." -Choice "Morality Without God? is an engaging, pithy book arguing against the necessity of God and religion for a robust morality. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong has distinguished himself as a leading philosopher in his work on metaethics and moral psychology, as well as books on moral and epistemological skepticism, and in Morality Without God? he commendably succeeds in writing a philosophically respectable introduction to the problems facing religious morality suitable for virtually any audience." --Philosophia Christi