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

Paperback | May 1, 2013

bySamuel Fleischacker

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Samuel Fleischacker 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, he maintains that revealed religions stand in danger of corruption or fanaticism unlessthey are combined with secular scientific practices and a secular morality. The first two parts of Divine Teaching and the Way of the World 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 aphrase from the Jewish tradition, allowing human beings to work together regardless of their religious differences. But the way of the world breaks down when it comes to the question of what we live for, and it is this that revealed religions can illumine. Fleischacker first suggests that secular conceptions of why life is worth living are often poorly grounded, before going on to explore what revelation is, howit can answer the question of worth better than secular worldviews do, and how the revealed and way-of-the-world elements of a religious tradition can be brought together.

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Samuel Fleischacker 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, he maintains that revealed religions stand in danger of corruption or fanaticism unlessthey are combined with secular scientific prac...

Samuel Fleischacker is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His previous work has focused on Enlightenment moral and political thought, especially that of Kant and Adam Smith, and on conceptions of culture, liberalism and distributive justice. He is the author of A Third Concept of Liberty (Princeton, 1999)...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:570 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsAcknowledgements1. The Way of the World (I): Truth2. The Way of the World (II): Ethics3. Beyond the Way of the World: Worth4. Divine Teaching5. Divine Teaching and the Way of the WorldEpilogueAppendix I: Proofs of GodAppendix II: Maimonides on the Evidence for RevelationAppendix III: Kant on Art and Natural Beauty

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"an intricate and sophisticated argument for rationally justifying one's taking a religious text as divine revelation. The argument is rich in creative thinking and in its breadth . . . an object of careful discussion serving for progress in philosophy of religion." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews