The God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable  -     By: Robert Wuthnow
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The God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable

University of California Press / 2012 / Hardcover

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Robert Wuthrow's The God Problem examines how middle class Americans juggle the seemingly paradoxical relationship between faith and reason.

Based on exceptionally rich and candid interviews with approximately two hundred people from various faiths, this book dispels the most common explanations: that Americans are adept at keeping religion and intellect separate, or that they are a nation of "joiners."

Instead, Wuthnow argues, we do this--not by coming up with rational proofs for the existence of God--but by adopting subtle usages of language that keep us from making unreasonable claims about God. In an illuminating narrative that reveals the complex negotiations many undertake in order to be religious in the modern world, Wuthnow probes the ways of talking that occur in prayers, in discussions about God, in views of heaven, in understandings of natural catastrophes and personal tragedies, and in attempts to reconcile faith with science.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 354
Vendor: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.30 X 6.30 (inches)
ISBN: 0520274288
ISBN-13: 9780520274280
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