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By Bruce Sheiman

A new perspective.

Defending faith as a cultural establishment within the face of resurgent atheistic inspiration. for hundreds of years, the theism-atheism debate has been ruled via positions: stringent believers dedicated 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. thus far, this is often the 1st and simply mainstream e-book within which a nonbeliever criticizes atheism and affirms faith. An Atheist Defends faith persuasively argues that faith is overwhelmingly worthy for humanity, whether God exists, according to a brand new paradigm of 10 affirmative dimensions that make up spiritual adventure. It additionally places to leisure the speculation that faith is at the back of lots of the world's sectarian violence via displaying that faith turns into evil whilst it truly is politicized. Readers will study they don't have to be fundamentalists to be believers, and in regards to the worth and advantages of faith itself.

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Moreover, these practices are not exclusive to particular religions. It does not matter what religion one practices so long as it is practiced seriously. Among those who attended worship services regularly in 2000, fully 92 percent of Protestants gave to charity, compared to 91 percent of Catholics, 91 percent of Jews, and 89 percent of other religions. Arthur Brooks is the leading expert in America about the demographics and characteristics of charitable giving, having evaluated the results of dozens of studies and authored the book, Who Really Cares.

As I have said elsewhere, lowercase truth (the facts of science) is important, but it is purely utilitarian; it enables me to start my car in the morning and watch television news in the evening. But that is not uppercase Truth, which provides a deep and fulfilling sense of my integral place in the universe I call home. 22 Religion Is Caring for Humanity: Community, Morality, and Altruism An integral part of religion pertains to morality: how we interact with our fellow human beings and, increasingly, with all of nature.

The theory implies that those who cannot defend themselves should perish so that evolution can work its species-changing magic. Certainly, evolutionary science is not responsible for these things: science is values-neutral. But this is what happens when science is allowed to infiltrate moral values without any ethical intervention or interpretation. This is what happens when science is not balanced by values-affirming disciplines such as religion. Conclusion It is clear that science by itself cannot lead to a moral culture.

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