The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs is a passionate yet analytical critique of Jewish Christian and Muslim scriptural fundamentalists Schimmel examines the ways in which otherwise intelligent and b

  • Title: The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth
  • Author: Solomon Schimmel
  • ISBN: 9780195188264
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs is a passionate yet analytical critique of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural fundamentalists Schimmel examines the ways in which otherwise intelligent and bright Jews, Christians, and Muslims defend their belief in the divine authorship of the Bible or of the Koran, and other religious beliefs derived from those claims, againstThe Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs is a passionate yet analytical critique of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural fundamentalists Schimmel examines the ways in which otherwise intelligent and bright Jews, Christians, and Muslims defend their belief in the divine authorship of the Bible or of the Koran, and other religious beliefs derived from those claims, against overwhelming evidence and argument to the contrary from science, scholarship, common sense, and rational analysis He also examines the motives, fears, and anxieties of scriptural fundamentalists that induce them to cling so tenaciously to their unreasonable beliefs Schimmel begins with reflections on his own journey from commitment to Orthodox Judaism, through doubts about its theological dogmas and doctrines, to eventual denial of their truth He follows this with an examination of theological and philosophical debates about the proper relationships between faith, reason, and revelation Schimmel then devotes separate chapters to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural fundamentalism, noting their similarities and differences He analyzes in depth the psychological and social reasons why people acquire, maintain, and protect unreasonable religious beliefs, and how they do so Schimmel also discusses unethical and immoral consequences of scriptural fundamentalism, such as gender inequality, homophobia, lack of intellectual honesty, self righteousness, intolerance, propagation of falsehood, and in some instances, the advocacy of violence and terrorism He concludes with a discussion of why, when, and where it is appropriate to critique, challenge, and combat scriptural fundamentalists The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs is thoughtful and provocative, written to encourage self reflection and self criticism, and to stimulate and to enlighten all who are interested in the psychology of religion and in religious fundamentalism.

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    1. An interesting book, about why do otherwise smart people have core beliefs that to many of us seem obviously contrary to objective evidence?However, I kind of feel he is just “over thinking” it. I have long felt people’s political and religious views are chosen first and THEN the evidence gathering and explanations begin. I have not made a study of it, but people don’t acquire core beliefs like they are buying a car. They don’t weigh the pros and cons and come to a logical conclusion a [...]

    2. An academic study of the psychology of religion, examining why and by what psychological means fundamentalists maintain beliefs that have been thoroughly contradicted by modern scholarship and science. Fundamentalist Jews, Christians, and Muslims are the case studies, with a chapter devoted to how each upholds and promotes the direct divine authorship of scripture and its inerrency despite overwhelming scholarly and scientific evidence to the contrary. His introductory and analytical chapters ex [...]

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