The God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable

The God ProblemThe God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable by Robert Wuthnow

BT 50 .W88 2012

“The United States is one of the most highly educated societies on earth – and also one of the most religious. In The God Problem, Robert Wuthnow examines how middle-class Americans juggle the seemingly paradoxical relationship between faith and reason. Based on exceptionally rich and candid interviews with approximately 200 people from various faiths, this book dispels the most common explanations: that Americans are adept at keeping religion and intellect separate, or that we are a nation of “joiners.” Instead, Wuthnow argues, we separate faith and reason 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.”
– publisher description

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