A Friendly Letter to Skeptics & Athiests
A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists helps readers-both secular and religious-appreciate their common ground. For those whose thinking has moved from the religious thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers offers pointers to a science-respecting Christian synthesis....
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A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists helps readers-both secular and religious-appreciate their common ground. For those whose thinking has moved from the religious thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers offers pointers to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He shows how skeptics and people of faith can share a commitment to reason, evidence, and critical thinking, while also embracing a faith that supports human flourishing-by making sense of the universe, giving meaning to life, connecting us in supportive communities, mandating altruism, and offering hope in the face of adversity and death.
David G. Myers (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is professor of psychology at Hope College. He is best known for his widely adopted texts on introductory psychology and social psychology. He had published widely in professional journals and is the recipient of the Gordon Allport Prize for research studies of group influence.
David has digested psychological research for the public through articles in more than three dozen magazines, from Scientific American to Christian Century, and through fifteen books, including general interest books and textbooks. His latest books are The Pursuit of Happiness: Who Is Happy and Why (William Morrow); Intuition: Its Powers and Perils (Yale); The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty (Yale)What God has joined together (HarperSanFrancisco) and A Friendly Letetr to Young Atheists (HarperSanFrancisco)
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- Preface. 1. False And Dangerous? 2. My Assumptions. 3. Mea Culpa. 4. The Dance Of Fanatics And Infidels. 5. Simplistic Stereotypes. 6. The Heart Of Science And Religion. 7. The Skeptics' Boys Club. 8. Inseparable Body And Soul. 9. Does Prayer "work"? 10. The Benevolent, Fine-tuned Universe. 11. Big Ideas And Biblical Wisdom. 12. Secularism And Civility. 13. God And Gays. 14. (nominal) Religion Feeds Prejudice. 15. Godliness And Goodliness. 16. Happy Faith-heads. 17. Healthy Faith-heads. 18. The Stubborn Persistence Of Truth. 19. The Leap Of Faith. Appendix: International Society For Science And Religion Statement On Intelligent Design. Notes. Acknowledgments. The Author.