ABSTRACT

Arguments between those who hold religious beliefs and those who do not have been at fever pitch. They have also reached an impasse, with equally entrenched views held by believer and atheist - and even agnostic - alike. This collection is one of the first books to move beyond this deadlock. Specially commissioned chapters address major areas that cut across the debate between the two sides: the origin of knowledge, objectivity and meaning; moral values and the nature of the human person and the good life; and the challenge of how to promote honest and fruitful dialogue in the light of the wide diversity of beliefs, religious and otherwise. Under these broad headings leading figures in the field examine and reflect upon:

  • Secular and religious humanism
  • The idea of the sacred
  • The vexed issue of science in both religious and secular accounts of knowledge
  • Spirituality for the godless
  • Non-western perspectives on the atheism/theism debate.

A key feature of the collection is a dialogue between Raymond Tallis and Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide will interest anyone who is concerned about the clash between the religious and the secular and how to move beyond it, as well as students of ethics, philosophy of religion and religious studies.

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PART I A dialogue

chapter 1|22 pages

Science, stories and the self: a conversation between

ByRaymond Tallis, Rowan Williams

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PART II Knowledge and language

chapter 3|12 pages

The myth of mythos

ByJULIAN BAGGINI

chapter 5|8 pages

Atheism and history

ByJONATHAN RÉE

chapter 6|11 pages

Atheism and naturalism

ByFIONA ELLIS

chapter 7|11 pages

The compatibility of science and religion?

ByFERN ELSDON-BAKER

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PART III Ethics and values

chapter 8|10 pages

Beyond theism and atheism: the search for truth

ByANTHONY CARROLL

chapter 9|11 pages

Ethics and values: how much common ground?

ByRICHARD NORMAN

chapter 10|14 pages

Faith, ethics and values

ByROBIN GILL

chapter 12|13 pages

Matters of life and death

ByANNA STRHAN

chapter 13|11 pages

Our proud and angry dust: secular and religious continuities

ByMICHAEL McGHEE

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PART IV Diversity and dialogue

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PART V Conclusion

chapter 21|12 pages

Continuing the dialogue

ByANTHONY CARROLL, RICHARD NORMAN