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A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists

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Beschreibung

A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists helps readers—both secular and religious—appreciate their common ground. For those whose thinking has moved from the religious thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers offers pointers to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He shows how skeptics and people of faith can share a commitment to reason, evidence, and critical thinking, while also embracing a faith that supports human flourishing—by making sense of the universe, giving meaning to life, connecting us in supportive communities, mandating altruism, and offering hope in the face of adversity and death.

David G. Myers is a communicator of psychological science to college students and the general public. His writings, supported by National Science Foundation fellowships and grants and recognized by the Gordon Allport Prize, have appeared in three dozen scientific periodicals, from Science to Psychological Science, and in dozens of magazines and newspapers. His seventeen books include best-selling texts and general audience books on happiness, intuition, and hearing loss.



Autorentext

The Author

David G. Myers is a communicator of psychological science to college students and the general public. His writings, supported by National Science Foundation fellowships and grants and recognized by the Gordon Allport Prize, have appeared in three dozen scientific periodicals, from Science to Psychological Science, and in dozens of magazines and newspapers. His seventeen books include best-selling texts and general audience books on happiness, intuition, and hearing loss.

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Praise for A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists

"David Myers is the perfect person to write this book because he is both a skeptic and a theist, a world-class debunker of all things nonsense, and yet a man of faith. How can these two traditions be reconciled? Read this book to find out."
MICHAEL SHERMER
publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, author of Why Darwin Matters, How We Believe, and The Science of Good and Evil

"With winsome humor and refreshing humility, David Myers offers a compelling case for skeptics and secularists that mature believers are a lot more like them than??they realizecommitted to reason and evidence, and offended by misuses of religion by dogmatists with personal or political agendas. Yet he also shows how life can be enriched by embracing a spiritual worldview that adds to rather than subtracts from the search for truth. This is the perfect book for your friend who is an open-minded atheist or agnostic."
FRANCIS S. COLLINS
M.D., Ph.D., director of the Human Genome Project and author, The Language of God

"Witty, disarming, engaging, informative, and above all, great fun to read. The best response to the 'New Atheism' to date."
ALISTER MCGRATH Oxford University, biophysicist-theologian and author, The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine

"Is religion evil? Psychologist Dave Myers concedes that evil acts have been done in the name of religion, but he challenges skeptics who condemn all religion to do their homework more carefully. I highly recommend this nonpolemical treatment for thoughtful readers of all persuasions."
OWEN GINGERICH
professor of Astronomy & History of Science Emeritus, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and author, God's Universe

"With humility, erudition, and a profound commitment to scientific truth, Myers has given us the book we must all read before we jump to conclusions about the nature and value of religion."
JONATHAN HAIDT
University of Virginia psychologist and author, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Zusammenfassung
A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists helps readersboth secular and religiousappreciate their common ground. For those whose thinking has moved from the religious thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers offers pointers to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He shows how skeptics and people of faith can share a commitment to reason, evidence, and critical thinking, while also embracing a faith that supports human flourishingby making sense of the universe, giving meaning to life, connecting us in supportive communities, mandating altruism, and offering hope in the face of adversity and death.

Inhalt

Preface v

False and Dangerous? 1

My Assumptions 4

Mea Culpa 8

The Dance of Fanatics and Infidels 11

Simplistic Stereotypes 14

The Heart of Science and Religion 17

The Skeptics' Boys Club 22

Inseparable Body and Soul 26

Does Prayer Work? 33

The Benevolent, Fine-Tuned Universe 44

Big Ideas and Biblical Wisdom 54

Secularism and Civility 64

God and Gays 74

(Nominal) Religion Feeds Prejudice 82

Godliness and Goodliness 87

Happy Faith-Heads 107

Healthy Faith-Heads 116

Does Explaining Religion Explain It Away? 121

The Leap of Faith 128

Appendix: International Society for Science and Religion Statement on Intelligent Design 133

Notes 137

Acknowledgments 150

The Author 152

Produktinformationen

Titel: A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists
Untertitel: Musings on Why God Is Good and Faith Isn't Evil
Autor:
EAN: 9780470381557
ISBN: 978-0-470-38155-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Jossey-Bass
Genre: Philosophie, Religion
Anzahl Seiten: 128
Veröffentlichung: 02.12.2008
Jahr: 2008
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 0.7 MB
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