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Divine Teaching and the Way of the World: A Defense of Revealed Religion

Samuel Fleischacker

Abstract

This book defends what the Enlightenment called ‘revealed religion’: religions that regard a certain text or oral teaching as sacred, as wholly authoritative over one's life. At the same time, it maintains that revealed religions stand in danger of corruption or fanaticism unless they are combined with secular scientific practices and a secular morality. The first two parts of the book argue that the cognitive and moral practices of a society should prescind from religious commitments—they constitute a secular ‘way of the world,’ to adapt a phrase from the Jewish tradition, allowing human bein ... More

Keywords: revelation, Kant, social contract, morality, truth, politics, worth, Enlightenment, Judaism, authority, interpretation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199217366
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217366.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Fleischacker, author
University of Illinois-Chicago

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