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The Good and the Good Book: Revelation as a Guide to Life

Samuel Fleischacker


Religions that center around a revelation—around a text, like the Torah or Gospels or Quran, which is seen as God’s word—are today widely regarded as irrational and dangerous: as based on outdated or junk science and conducive to illiberal, inhumane moral attitudes. Yet it is this kind of religion that most believers care about. This book is an attempt to defend revealed religion and show how it can be reconciled with science and liberal morality. Revealed texts are presented as aiming to teach neither scientific nor moral doctrines—which must instead be independent of religion—but a vision of ... More

Keywords: revelation, morality, ultimate good, interpretation, pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198733072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Fleischacker, author
University of Illinois-Chicago