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In Defense of Religious Moderation
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Columbia Univ Pr
Publication date June 7, 2016
Pages 176
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780231148795
ISBN-10 0231148798
Dimensions 0 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Original list price $26.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In his latest book, William Egginton laments the current debate over religion in America, in which religious fundamentalists have set the tone of political discourse―no one can get elected without advertising a personal relation to God, for example―and prominent atheists treat religious belief as the root of all evil. Neither of these positions, Egginton argues, adequately represents the attitudes of a majority of Americans who, while identifying as Christians, Jews, and Muslims, do not find fault with those who support different faiths and philosophies. In fact, Egginton goes so far as to question whether fundamentalists and atheists truly oppose each other, united as they are in their commitment to a "code of codes." In his view, being a religious fundamentalist does not require adhering to a particular religious creed. Fundamentalists―and stringent atheists―unconsciously believe that the methods we use to understand the world are all versions of an underlying master code. This code of codes represents an ultimate truth, explaining everything. Surprisingly, perhaps the most effective weapon against such thinking is religious moderation, a way of believing that questions the very possibility of a code of codes as the source of all human knowledge. The moderately religious, with their inherent skepticism toward a master code, are best suited to protect science, politics, and other diverse strains of knowledge from fundamentalist attack, and to promote a worldview based on the compatibility between religious faith and scientific method.

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from Columbia Univ Pr (June 7, 2011)
9780231148788 | details & prices | 158 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $35.00
About: In his latest book, William Egginton laments the current debate over religion in America, in which religious fundamentalists have set the tone of political discourse―no one can get elected without advertising a personal relation to God, for example―and prominent atheists treat religious belief as the root of all evil.
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from Columbia Univ Pr (June 7, 2016)
9780231148795 | details & prices | 176 pages | List price $26.00
About: In his latest book, William Egginton laments the current debate over religion in America, in which religious fundamentalists have set the tone of political discourse―no one can get elected without advertising a personal relation to God, for example―and prominent atheists treat religious belief as the root of all evil.

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