The Resource Confronting religious denial of science : Christian humanism and the moral imagination, Catherine M. Wallace

Confronting religious denial of science : Christian humanism and the moral imagination, Catherine M. Wallace

Label
Confronting religious denial of science : Christian humanism and the moral imagination
Title
Confronting religious denial of science
Title remainder
Christian humanism and the moral imagination
Statement of responsibility
Catherine M. Wallace
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Confronting Religious Denial of Science: Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination traces the cultural backstory of contemporary conflicts between biblical literalists who oppose evolution and 'New Atheists' who insist that religion is so pernicious it should be outlawed, if not exterminated. That's a clash of fundamentalisms. It's a zero-sum game derived from high Victorian misunderstanding of both religion and science. The God whom science supposedly replaces is the Engineer Almighty sitting at his keyboard, controlling every event on earth. But that's not a viable concept of God. Far better, Wallace argues, to understand Christianity in Clifford Geertz's terms as a system of symbols that both constitutes a worldview and, according to David Sloan Wilson, encourages prosocial behavior. That reframing makes it possible to reclaim what biblical scholars have said for decades: the miracles of Jesus were confrontational symbolic actions. They contradicted the political status quo in colonial Palestine, not the laws of biology. Prayer, she explains, is not magical thinking. It's a creative, highly disciplined introspective process, most familiar to many people in forms like mindfulness meditation. Wallace offers an intriguing exploration of issues that believers seldom discuss in ways that make sense to the religiously unaffiliated
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Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
261.55
Index
no index present
LC call number
BL240.3
LC item number
.W35 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
A confronting fundamentalism book
Label
Confronting religious denial of science : Christian humanism and the moral imagination, Catherine M. Wallace
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-121)
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Confronting fundamentalism: it's antiscience -- 1971: the novena -- Tylor, Frazer, and the rise of dogmatic scientism -- The secularization thesis -- God the engineer almighty -- Christianity as a system of symbols -- Miracles -- 1960: prayer on the playground -- Prayer as a creative process -- Mindfulness meditation and the brain -- Meditation, imagination, and God -- Other ancient prayer practices -- Confronting fundamentalism: where does this leave us?
Control code
000404129
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 121 pages
Isbn
9781498288538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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u271395
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000404129
  • (OCoLC)951645891

Library Locations

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