By Bruce Sheiman
A new perspective.
Defending faith as a cultural establishment within the face of resurgent atheistic proposal. for hundreds of years, the theism-atheism debate has been ruled via positions: stringent believers devoted to the "yes, there's a God" argument, and atheists vehemently pushed to repudiate not just God, but in addition faith as a cultural establishment. up to now, this can be the 1st and in simple terms mainstream booklet during which a nonbeliever criticizes atheism and affirms faith. An Atheist Defends faith persuasively argues that faith is overwhelmingly invaluable for humanity, whether God exists, according to a brand new paradigm of 10 affirmative dimensions that make up spiritual event. It additionally places to relaxation the speculation that faith is in the back of many of the world's sectarian violence via displaying that faith turns into evil while it's politicized. Readers will examine they don't have to be fundamentalists to be believers, and in regards to the price and advantages of faith itself.
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Rites of passage make the cycles of birth, adolescence, marriage, childbearing, aging, and death meaningful by putting them on a plane of spiritual signiﬁcance. ” For primitives, life was not a curve as we see it in secular terms, where birth is zero and death is return to zero. For religious man birth was zero, and at each successive stage one draws value from the divine realm, where death is considered the ﬁnal promotion of a soul to inﬁnity. Death is only death to the profane condition of man, followed by rebirth into the sacred realm of eternity.
If the basis of sin (or, in the case of Eastern religion, the ego-illusion) is that man has separated himself from the divine source, it makes eminent sense that the way to a reunion with the divine is through the renunciation of sin and the perpetuation of good works. The way to Heaven or Nirvana, the liberation of the soul or atman, is through actions that conform to God’s goodness. Atheists often exhibit a lack of understanding of religious morality. They assume that, for the believer, morality is very simple: whatever 25 An Atheist Defends Religion God dictates is right is right, and whatever God dictates is wrong is wrong.
It is also largely responsible for civilization’s most important moral accomplishment: a universal humanist ethic. 24 An Atheist Defends Religion Religion Is Morality When we review the fundamental tenets of the major religions, we ﬁnd they have in common a strong moralistic orientation. Moral values are central to a religious view that claims the world was created by a loving, all-powerful God concerned with human ﬂourishing, and that posits a supreme goodness as the basis for all reality. The fundamental moral position that ﬂows from a religious conception is that all of life, being a mode and manifestation of that ultimate reality, is holy and intrinsically valuable, and that moral action is the path to a union with God.
An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity Is Better Off with Religion Than Without It by Bruce Sheiman