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An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion

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We live, allegedly, in a postmodern age in which we have cast aside the narrative fantasies of the pre-modern era. If postmodernism represents the final abandonment of all grand theories, where does religion stand? If religion is a particularly unbelievable form of explanation, why does it power still affect social and political change? Here, like the skeptics of our age, ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Overlook Books (first published February 27th 2003)
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Marco
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Haldane provided a short yet informative introduction to religious thought: Ranging from broad topics such as the relationship between science and religion, meaning and value or grand metanarratives to details about Vico and Aquinas. Surely, atheists can do little better than to read this book in order to get a grip on what it is that they are rejecting, and Theists might read the book in order to get some clarification as to why they are not atheists. The guide is of course just an introduction ...more
Chris Callaway
Mar 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
Couldn't get more than halfway through it. Haldane shows his erudition, but the text is very dry and breezes over issues that are more complicated than the presentation indicates. It's admittedly difficult to condense "religion" down to a short volume like this, but I was hoping for more.
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John Joseph Haldane KHS FRSE FRSA (born 19 February 1954) is a Scottish philosopher, commentator and broadcaster. He is a papal adviser to the Vatican. He is credited with coining the term Analytical Thomism and is himself a Thomist in the analytic tradition.[citation needed] Haldane is associated with The Veritas Forum and is the current chairman of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

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