Religion Within Reason

2017.05.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven M. Cahn, Religion Within Reason, Columbia University Press, 2017, 105pp., $25.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780231181617. Reviewed
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2017.05.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven M. Cahn, Religion Within Reason, Columbia University Press, 2017, 105pp., $25.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780231181617. Reviewed by William J. Wainwright, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Steven Cahn's professed goal is "to provide an acceptable . . . and provocative overview of the sort of challenges philosophy presents to any version of supernatural belief, while also exploring the possibility of religion within a naturalistic framework." He approaches his subject as an atheist who nonetheless finds much to "admire in a religious life as long as its beliefs and practices do not violate the methods and results of scientific inquiry" (p. ix). Chapters 1-15 and 17 are principally devoted to debunking theism. The remainder (Chapters 16, 18, and 19) articulate Cahn's atheistic but religious alternative. To whom is Cahn's book addressed? Not to philosophically sophisticated theists since they are already familiar. . .

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