The Dawkins Delusion?

Atheist fundamentalism and the denial of the divine

Author: Alister McGrath

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281062609

Category: Religion

Page: 96

View: 1479

World-renowned scientist Richard Dawkins writes in The God Delusion: 'If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down.' The volume has received wide coverage, fuelled much passionate debate and caused not a little confusion. Alister McGrath is ideally placed to evaluate Dawkins' ideas. Once an atheist himself, he gained a doctorate in molecular biophysi before going on to become a leading Christian theologian. He wonders how two people, who have reflected at length on substantially the same world, could possibly have come to such different conclusions about God. McGrath subjects Dawkins' critique of faith to rigorous scrutiny. This book will be warmly received by those looking for a reliable assessment of The God Delusion and the many questions it raises -- including, above all, the relevance of faith and the quest for meaning.
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Der Gotteswahn

Author: Richard Dawkins

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843701741

Category: Philosophy

Page: 592

View: 6404

»Religion ist irrational, fortschrittsfeindlich und zerstörerisch.« Richard Dawkins, einer der einflussreichsten Intellektuellen der Gegenwart, zeigt, warum der Glaube an Gott einer vernünftigen Betrachtung nicht standhalten kann. Ein wichtiges Buch, das zu einem brennend aktuellen Thema eindeutig und überzeugend Position bezieht – brillant und bei aller Schärfe humorvoll. Entdecken Sie auch das Hörbuch zu diesem Titel!
Posted in Philosophy

Der Weg der christlichen Theologie

Eine Einführung

Author: Alister McGrath

Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen

ISBN: 3765577014

Category: Religion

Page: 752

View: 7633

Alister McGrath's „Der Weg der christlichen Theologie" ist in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt und weltweit eine der am meisten verwendeten Einführungen in die Entwicklung der christlichen Theologie. Es geht den Weg durch die gesamte Geschichte des christlichen Denkens und ist auch für den Leser geschrieben, dem alte Sprachen und theologische Fachausdrücke noch nicht vertraut sind. Dieses Buch gibt einen fundierten Überblick über - die Geschichte der Theologie von der Zeit der Kirchenväter ab ca. 100 n. Chr. bis zur Gegenwart und die bedeutendsten theologischen Debatten - die Quellen und Methoden theologischen Denkens - die großen Themen wie Person und Werk Jesu Christi, Dreieinigkeit oder „die letzten Dinge". Ein umfangreiches Glossar und Register sowie Angaben zu weiterführender Literatur geben die nötigen Querverweise und regen zum Weiterstudium an.
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The New Atheist Novel

Philosophy, Fiction and Polemic after 9/11

Author: Arthur Bradley,Andrew Tate

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441157921

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

View: 9346

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.
Posted in Literary Criticism

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

Author: Stephen Bullivant,Michael Ruse

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191667404

Category: Religion

Page: 784

View: 5796

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.
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Atheism

What Everyone Needs to Know®

Author: Michael Ruse

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199334617

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 5696

Over the last decade, "New Atheists" such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have pushed the issue of atheism to the forefront of public discussion. Yet very few of the ensuing debates and discussions have managed to provide a full and objective treatment of the subject. Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know provides a balanced look at the topic, considering atheism historically, philosophically, theologically, sociologically and psychologically. Written in an easily accessible style, the book uses a question and answer format to examine the history of atheism, arguments for and against atheism, the relationship between religion and science, and the issue of the meaning of life-and whether or not one can be a happy and satisfied atheist. Above all, the author stresses that the atheism controversy is not just a matter of the facts, but a matter of burning moral concern, both about the stand one should take on the issues and the consequences of one's commitment.
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Das egoistische Gen

Mit einem Vorwort von Wolfgang Wickler

Author: Richard Dawkins

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3642553915

Category: Science

Page: 489

View: 6024

p”Ein auch heute noch bedeutsamer Klassiker“ Daily Express Sind wir Marionetten unserer Gene? Nach Richard Dawkins ́ vor über 30 Jahren entworfener und heute noch immer provozierender These steuern und dirigieren unsere von Generation zu Generation weitergegebenen Gene uns, um sich selbst zu erhalten. Alle biologischen Organismen dienen somit vor allem dem Überleben und der Unsterblichkeit der Erbanlagen und sind letztlich nur die "Einweg-Behälter" der "egoistischen" Gene. Sind wir Menschen also unserem Gen-Schicksal hilflos ausgeliefert? Dawkins bestreitet dies und macht uns Hoffnung: Seiner Meinung nach sind wir nämlich die einzige Spezies mit der Chance, gegen ihr genetisches Schicksal anzukämpfen.
Posted in Science

Grundvollzüge der Person

Dimensionen des Menschseins bei Robert Spaemann

Author: Hanns-Gregor Nissing

Publisher: Inst. z.F.d. Glaubenslehre

ISBN: 3936909091

Category: Philosophical anthropology

Page: 200

View: 2679

Posted in Philosophical anthropology

Resisting Violence and Victimisation

Christian Faith and Solidarity in East Timor

Author: Dr Joel Hodge

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409484246

Category: Religion

Page: 244

View: 609

The reality and nature of religious faith raises difficult questions for the modern world; questions that re-present themselves when faith has grown under the most challenging circumstances. In East Timor widespread Christian faith emerged when suffering and violence were inflicted on the people by the state. This book seeks a deeper understanding of faith and violence, exploring how Christian faith and solidarity affected the hope and resistance of the East Timorese under Indonesian occupation in their response to state-sanctioned violence. Joel Hodge argues for an understanding of Christian faith as a relational phenomenon that provides personal and collective tools to resist violence. Grounded in the work of mimetic theorist René Girard, Hodge contends that the experience of victimisation in East Timor led to an important identification with Jesus Christ as self-giving victim and formed a distinctive communal and ecclesial solidarity. The Catholic Church opened spaces of resistance and communion that allowed the Timorese to imagine and live beyond the violence and death perpetrated by the Indonesian regime. Presenting the East Timorese stories under occupation and Girard's insights in dialogue, this book offers fresh perspectives on the Christian Church's ecclesiology and mission.
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Mere Theology

Christian Faith And The Discipleship Of The Mind

Author: Alister McGrath

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281064997

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 3935

Alister McGrath explores how the great tradition of Christian theological reflection can enrich our faith and deepen our engagement with the concerns and debates of the world around us. Part 1 of this exhilarating volume looks at the purpose, place and relevance of Christian theology. Part 2 deals with the relation of the natural sciences and faith: here the core arguments of recent atheist writers are critically examined, including their demand for a 'New Enlightenment' In short, Mere Theology addresses matters of real importance for Christian life and thought. It will prove both encouraging and stimulating to all those concerned with developing a 'discipleship of the mind'.
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Belief and Organization

Author: P. Case,H. Höpfl,H. Letiche

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137263105

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 234

View: 6556

Examines the alternative belief systems which contemporary organizational actors live by and through which they seek to find meaning within the dominant (neo)capitalist social order. This volume marks an attempt to move the study of belief forward within management and organization studies.
Posted in Business & Economics

In Defense of Religious Moderation

Author: William Egginton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520964

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 3245

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.
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The Big Question

Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Science, Faith and God

Author: Alister McGrath

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 146689024X

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 1256

Richard Dawkins's groundbreaking book The God Delusion created an explosion of interest in the relation of science and faith. This often troubled relationship between science and religion was seemingly damaged by the rise of the New Atheism, which insisted that science had essentially disproved not just God but also the value of religion. There is increasing skepticism towards its often glib and superficial answers; and the big questions about faith, God and science haven't gone away--in fact, we seem to talk about them more than ever. Alister McGrath's The Big Question is an accessible, engaging account of how science relates to faith, exploring how the working methods and assumptions of the natural sciences can be theologically useful. McGrath uses stories and analogies, as well as personal accounts, in order to help readers understand the scientific and theological points he makes, and grasp their deeper significance. An extremely accomplished scientist and scholar, McGrath criticizes the evangelism of the New Atheists and paves a logical well-argued road to the compatibility between science and faith. Some of his main discussion points include: 1. There is much more convergence between science and faith than is usually appreciated 2. How the three great models of scientific explanation can be adapted to religious belief 3. Belief in God provides a 'big picture' of reality, making sense of science's successes
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Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Author: Scott Sheeran,Sir Nigel Rodley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135055939

Category: Law

Page: 808

View: 5432

The Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law provides the definitive global survey of the discipline of international human rights law. Each chapter is written by a leading expert and provides a contemporary overview of a significant area within the field. As well as covering topics integral to the theory and practice of international human rights law the volume offers a broader perspective though examinations of the ways in which human rights law interacts with other legal regimes and other international institutions, and by addressing the current and future challenges facing human rights. This highly topical collection of specially commissioned papers is split into four sections: The nature and evolution of international human rights law discussing the origins, theory and practice of the discipline. Interaction of human rights with other key regimes and bodies including the interaction of the discipline with international economic law, international humanitarian law, and development, as well as other legal regimes. Evolution and prospects of regional approaches to human rights discussing the systems of Europe, the Americas, Africa and South East Asia, and their relationship to the United Nations treaty bodies. Key contemporary challenges including non-State actors, religion and human rights, counter-terrorism, and enforcement and remedies. Providing up-to-date and authoritative articles covering key aspects of international human rights law, this book work is an essential work of reference for scholars, practitioners and students alike. Chapter 35 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at www.tandfebooks.com/openaccess. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.
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Christianity and Critical Realism

Ambiguity, Truth and Theological Literacy

Author: Andrew Wright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136196080

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 6373

One of the key achievements of critical realism has been to expose the modernist myth of universal reason, which holds that authentic knowledge claims must be objectively ‘pure’, uncontaminated by the subjectivity of local place, specific time and particular culture. Wright aims to address the lack of any substantial and sustained engagement between critical realism and theological critical realism with particular regard to: (a) the distinctive ontological claims of Christianity; (b) their epistemic warrant and intellectual legitimacy; and (c) scrutiny of the primary source of the ontological claims of Christianity, namely the historical figure of Jesus of Nazareth. As such, it functions as a prolegomena to a much needed wider debate, guided by the under-labouring services of critical realism, between Christianity and various other religious and secular worldviews. This important new text will help stimulate a debate that has yet to get out of first gear. This book will appeal to academics, graduate and post-graduate students especially, but also Christian clergy, ministers and informed laity, and members of the general public concerned with the nature of religion and its place in contemporary society.
Posted in Social Science

Mere Discipleship

Growing in Wisdom and Hope

Author: Alister E. McGrath

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1493417517

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 1856

In exploring Christian discipleship, Alister McGrath encourages readers to move beyond a superficial grasp of their faith to discover its depth and riches. He equips readers to grow in wisdom and develop an accurate Christian worldview that informs the way they think, imagine, and act. Helpfully drawing on the insights of other illuminating writers, including Dorothy L. Sayers, C. S. Lewis, John Stott, and J. I. Packer, McGrath offers counsel on holding on to hope while journeying through darkness and on how to live meaningfully in a world in which things don't always seem to make sense.
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Bekenntnisse eines ungläubigen Buddhisten

Eine spirituelle Suche

Author: Stephen Batchelor

Publisher: Ludwig

ISBN: 3641038979

Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 5527

Die alte Weisheit Buddhas für die Welt von heute An den Buddhismus muss man nicht »glauben« – und schon gar nicht an Wiedergeburt und Nirwana: Der international bekannte Buddhist und Bestsellerautor Stephen Batchelor befreit die fernöstliche Weisheitslehre vom religiösen Überbau und beweist eindringlich, dass sie vor allem eine praktische Anleitung für ein authentisches Leben im Hier und Jetzt ist. Sein neues Buch ist die spannende Geschichte einer lebenslangen Sinnsuche. Sie wird nicht nur Buddhisten faszinieren, sondern alle »Ungläubigen« auf der Suche nach Orientierung. Als Jugendlicher landet Stephen Batchelor Anfang der 70er Jahre eher zufällig in Indien und entdeckt den Buddhismus. Mit 21 wird er Mönch und beschäftigt sich intensiv mit verschiedenen Formen des tibetischen und des Zen-Buddhismus. Doch bald kommen ihm Zweifel, denn die im Buddhismus so zentrale Vorstellung der Wiedergeburt ist seinem westlich geprägten Denken nicht zugänglich. Batchelors tiefe Glaubenskrise und seine Auseinandersetzung mit dem historischen Buddha bringen ihn zu der Überzeugung, dass man für die zeitlose Weisheit des Buddhismus Worte und Ausdrucksformen finden muss, die auch im Westen verstanden werden. Für ihn ist er keine Religion, sondern der Weg zu einem achtsamen, mitfühlenden Denken und Handeln in einer leiderfüllten Welt – ein Weg, der uns auch heute noch bereichern und erfüllen kann. Stephen Batchelors Geschichte inspiriert alle, für die stetiges Zweifeln und die Auseinandersetzung mit religiösen Dogmen untrennbar mit Erkenntnis und mit Spiritualität verbunden sind. Die packende Geschichte einer Sinnsuche – nicht nur für Buddhisten.
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Der Atheismus-Wahn

eine Antwort auf Richard Dawkins und den atheistischen Fundamentalismus

Author: Alister E. McGrath,Joanna Collicutt McGrath

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783865912893

Category: Atheismus

Page: 149

View: 4741

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God the Revealed

Christology

Author: Michael Welker

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802871577

Category: Religion

Page: 347

View: 1635

God revealed himself in Jesus Christ! Christian faith has confessed and proclaimed this message for nearly two thousand years. But what does it really mean? In God the Revealed Michael Welker delves into this declaration and shows how it offers genuine insight into Christian faith. He asks Who is Jesus Christ for us today? and approaches the answer from five different angles -- the historical Jesus, the resurrection, the cross, the reign of Christ, and eschatology. Uniquely, Welker argues for the need to place historical Jesus research in a Christology and proposes a Fourth Quest for the historical Jesus.
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The Future of Atheism

Alister McGrath & Daniel Dennett in Dialogue

Author: Alister E. McGrath,Daniel Clement Dennett,Robert B. Stewart

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 212

View: 4369

* A frank and fair exchange between two leading thinkers * Sets the whole debate in context, philosophically and theologically
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