Reasonableness and Religion: A Diverse Collection of Contemporary Views
After the surprising publishing success of the so-called New Atheists it has become clear that there is a market for discussions about religion. The discussion initiated by the New Atheists is strident and singular in focus – what they deem false beliefs. Religion, however, is much more complex than just believing in things one cannot prove, although that is how it is commonly understood by the general public. In fact there is much more to religion and much more to the arguments about its truth claims. This book seeks to bring together a range of discussions, critical and apologetic, each of which examines some element of religion or what religion does. About half of the chapters are critical of religion or some element of religion’s self understanding. The other half are apologetic in nature, seeking to defend or extend some particular argument or general approach. These pieces have in common that the arguments are made in careful and scholarly ways; that is they represent reasonable perspectives, in contrast to the unreasonableness that seems to follow discussions of religion in American society (although there is an Australian in the mix too).