- ISBN 9780826496362 / 0826496369
- Title Why Believe?
- Author John Cottingham
- Category Philosophy Of Religion
- Format Hardcover
- Year 2009
- Pages 224
- Publisher Continuum
- Imprint Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
- Language English
- Dimensions 137mm x 23mm x 201mm
Today countless people struggle with belief - not just religious belief but any belief at all. John Cottingham is a philosopher of searing intellectual honesty who is well attuned to these preoccupations. He takes doubt, secularism, and the problem of evi
Religious belief, or its lack, is something that touches our integrity very deeply. It goes to the heart of who we are, what we take ourselves to be doing with our lives, and how we locate ourselves in relation to others. Much philosophy tackles belief in God as if it depended entirely on abstract intellectual argument, but John Cottingham's carefully reasoned yet impassioned account shows how the religious outlook connects with our deepest human longings, how it links up with our moral and aesthetic experience, how it is integrally involved in the quest for self-understanding, and how it is not after all in conflict with a scientific understanding of the world. Rigorously argued yet maximally accessible, this book cuts through the sterility of much modern debate and offers a new and exciting perspective on the conflict between secularism and spirituality.
'John Cottingham's brief defence of religious faith, and especially Christian faith, is honest, clear-headed and occasionally compelling.'—Sanford Lakoff
Professor Cottingham has the Chair in Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK. This was Anthony Flew's Chair previously.