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Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion

Phil Zuckerman

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199740017
eISBN:
9780199918690
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740017.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

More and more Americans are opting out of religion. Who are these people that reject religion, and what motivates them? What actually causes a person to lose his or her faith? This book offers an ... More


 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: Mastery, Modern Doubt, and the Costs of Progress

Christopher McKnight Nichols

in Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Iminent Secularization from the Puritans to Postmodernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195342536
eISBN:
9780199867042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342536.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines three important strands of progressive thought in the late nineteenth century to reveal the tensions between ideas about progress, religion, and science, and resulting ... More


Agnosticism and Vagueness

Sven Rosenkranz

in Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Epistemicism incorporates the thesis that vague discourse is governed by classical logic and bivalence. This classicist thesis has implications for the theory of reference. A natural response to the ... More


Introduction

Bernard Schweizer

in Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199751389
eISBN:
9780199894864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751389.003.0000
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The introduction clarifies three main points about misotheism: a) the birth of modern misotheism with the romantic writers Blake and Shelley; b) the self-concealment of misotheism; and c) the fact ... More


Knowledge of Causal Connection Is Necessary

Frank Griffel

in Al-Ghazali's Philosophical Theology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195331622
eISBN:
9780199867998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331622.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Islam

The seventeenth discussion of al-Ghazali’s Incoherence (Tahafut) shows that he remains uncommitted as to whether God creates events in the world in an occasionalist way or by means of secondary ... More


Conclusion

Mary Leng

in Mathematics and Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199280797
eISBN:
9780191723452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280797.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter sums up the argument of the book, and ties up a few loose ends. In particular, it considers Michael Resnik's alternative ‘pragmatic’ version of the indispensability argument, and shows ... More


Gilbert Murray and Greek Religion *

Robert Parker

in Gilbert Murray Reassessed: Hellenism, Theatre, and International Politics

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199208791
eISBN:
9780191709029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208791.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses Murray's writing on Greek religion between 1907 and 1915, showing how he saw in it as imaginative ideal which reflected was his in own mixture of rationalism and aspirational ... More


Between Flesh and Spirit: Coleridge's Prose Writings 1815 to 1825

Ben Brice

in Coleridge and Scepticism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199290253
eISBN:
9780191710483
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290253.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter discusses some aspects of Coleridge's published prose works written between 1815 and 1825, including The Statesman's Manual (1816), Biographia Literaria (1817), The Friend (1818), and ... More


Mitigated Skepticism and Hume's Liminal Natural Theology

Thomas Holden

in Spectres of False Divinity: Hume's Moral Atheism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579945
eISBN:
9780191722776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579945.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter defends the interpretation of Hume as a moral atheist against the objection that Hume's own mitigated scepticism rules out such dogmatic commitments in natural theology. According to ... More


Was Hume an “Atheist”?

Paul Russell

in The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195110333
eISBN:
9780199872084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195110333.003.0019
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter considers to what extent the irreligious interpretation of the Treatise supports the charge of “atheism” and how this relates to Hume's philosophical commitments in his later writings in ... More


Genesis and the Scientists: Dissonance among the Harmonizers

John Hedley Brooke

in Reading Genesis after Darwin

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195383355
eISBN:
9780199870561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, History of Christianity

This chapter examines attempts made to harmonize the creation narratives with geology before the impact of Darwinism. Despite a vastly greater age for the earth and the problem of extinction, ... More


Hegel and the Theology of His Time

Peter C. Hodgson

in Hegel and Christian Theology: A Reading of the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199273614
eISBN:
9780191602443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199273618.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

In the introductions to his lectures, Hegel orients himself to the culture, philosophy, and theology of his time. He takes account of the novelty of philosophy of religion as a discipline, arguing ... More


Introduction

Peter Forrest

in Developmental Theism: From Pure Will to Unbounded Love

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199214587
eISBN:
9780191706523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214587.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Religion

This introductory chapter explains why speculation about God is important even if does not provide probable conclusions. Firstly, speculation provides a sample out of all the possible hypotheses, and ... More


Empathetic agnosticism

Paul Horwitz

in The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199737727
eISBN:
9780199895267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737727.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter begins with the elaboration of religious agnosticism, which aims to strengthen or perhaps modify the linkage between liberalism, law, and religion. The chapter proposes a “new” ... More


Constitutional agnosticism

Paul Horwitz

in The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199737727
eISBN:
9780199895267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737727.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter analyses the idea that constitutional agnosticism is identical to, but not exactly similar to, new agnosticism. What constitutes constitutional agnosticism is a tinge of empathetic ... More


The Stephen Family and the Eighteenth Century

B. W. Young

in The Victorian Eighteenth Century: An Intellectual History

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199256228
eISBN:
9780191719660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256228.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Freud argued in his celebrated essay that ‘the family romance’ had a direct social consequence, since ‘the progress of society in general rests upon the opposition between the generations’. This ... More


Agnostics: T. H. Huxley and Bibliolatry

Timothy Larsen

in A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199570096
eISBN:
9780191725661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570096.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Church History, Biblical Studies

T. H. Huxley is remembered as a leading man of science who forcefully championed Darwinism. A religious sceptic, he coined the word ‘agnosticism’ to describe his own position on questions of ... More


Ontology, Evidence, and Philosophical Questions

Paul K. Moser

in Philosophy after Objectivity: Making Sense in Perspective

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195081091
eISBN:
9780199852994
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195081091.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines the philosophical significance of what is X? questions in the light of traditional philosophical essentialism. It examines two competing approaches to essences, realist, and ... More


Aim and Achievement

DAVID J. BARTHOLOMEW

in Uncertain Belief: Is it Rational to be a Christian?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270140
eISBN:
9780191683923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270140.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This final chapter gives an overview of the book's discussions. The author establishes a hierarchical approach in answering whether there is more to reality in the world that science reveals or not. ... More


Introduction

Michael Hunter and David Wootton

in Atheism from the Reformation to the Enlightenment

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198227366
eISBN:
9780191678684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198227366.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Ideas, History of Religion

This book deals with the early history of the process that advanced atheism, agnosticism, and religious unbelief. This chapter discusses the coverage of the book and provides a brief background of ... More


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