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The Resource The meaning of belief : religion from an atheist's point of view, Tim Crane

The meaning of belief : religion from an atheist's point of view, Tim Crane

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The meaning of belief : religion from an atheist's point of view
Title
The meaning of belief
Title remainder
religion from an atheist's point of view
Statement of responsibility
Tim Crane
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Language
eng
Summary
Contemporary debate about religion seems to be going nowhere. Atheists persist with their arguments, many plausible and some unanswerable, but these make no impact on religious believers. Defenders of religion find atheists equally unwilling to cede ground. The Meaning of Belief offers a way out of this stalemate. An atheist himself, Tim Crane writes that there is a fundamental flaw with most atheists' basic approach: religion is not what they think it is. Atheists tend to treat religion as a kind of primitive cosmology, as the sort of explanation of the universe that science offers. They conclude that religious believers are irrational, superstitious, and bigoted. But this view of religion is almost entirely inaccurate. Crane offers an alternative account based on two ideas. The first is the idea of a religious impulse: the sense people have of something transcending the world of ordinary experience, even if it cannot be explicitly articulated. The second is the idea of identification: the fact that religion involves belonging to a specific social group and participating in practices that reinforce the bonds of belonging. Once these ideas are properly understood, the inadequacy of atheists' conventional conception of religion emerges. The Meaning of Belief does not assess the truth or falsehood of religion. Rather, it looks at the meaning of religious belief and offers a way of understanding it that both makes sense of current debate and also suggests what more intellectually responsible and practically effective attitudes atheists might take to the phenomenon of religion.--
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Crane, Tim
Dewey number
202/.2
Index
index present
LC call number
BD215
LC item number
.C823 2017
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Belief and doubt
  • Atheists
  • Faith
  • Psychology, Religious
  • Religious adherents
Label
The meaning of belief : religion from an atheist's point of view, Tim Crane
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Religion and the atheist's point of view -- The religious impulse -- Identification -- Religion and violence -- The meaning of tolerance
Control code
sky288179821
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xiv, 207 pages
Isbn
9780674088832
Lccn
2017014817
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
The meaning of belief : religion from an atheist's point of view, Tim Crane
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Religion and the atheist's point of view -- The religious impulse -- Identification -- Religion and violence -- The meaning of tolerance
Control code
sky288179821
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xiv, 207 pages
Isbn
9780674088832
Lccn
2017014817
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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