Religion Without God by Ray BillingtonReligion Without God by Ray Billington

Religion Without God

byRay BillingtonEditorRay Billington

Hardcover | January 18, 2002

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This criticism of theism, especially monotheism, questions the assumption that rejecting God means rejecting religion. Drawing on Western philosophical critiques of religion and non-theistic Eastern religions, Ray Billington shows how a religion without God could work.
The concept of religion without God has informed not only the theories of Nietzsche, Kant and Spinoza, but also expressions of belief in Indian and Chinese religions-Hinduism, Theravada Buddhism Zen and Taoism. Concluding with a look at the "the future of faith," this is a wide ranging and lucidly-written look at what it means to "have faith" and how this is distinct from religious belief.
Ray Billington is an experienced and respected author on Eastern religion and philosophy. His books includeUnderstanding Eastern Philospophy,Living PhilosophyandEast of Existentialism, all published by Routledge. He also writes occasional journalism most notably as a contributor toThe Guardian's 'Face to Faith'column. An ex-Methodist minister and onetime chaplain with the SAS, he has now retired from his post as Principal Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the West of England.
Ray Billington is an experienced and respected author on Eastern religion and philosophy. His books includeUnderstanding Eastern Philospophy,Living PhilosophyandEast of Existentialism, all published by Routledge. He also writes occasional journalism most notably as a contributor toThe Guardian's 'Face to Faith' column. An ex-Methodist ...
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Title:Religion Without GodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:164 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:January 18, 2002Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415217857

ISBN - 13:9780415217859

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Chapter One: Clearing the ground; Chapter Two: Religion; Chapter Three: Images of God; Chapter Four: Why God?; Chapter Five: Mysticism; Chapter Six: Non-dualism in Hinduism; Chapter Seven: Buddhism; Chapter Eight: Taoism; Chapter Nine: Profane religion; Chapter Ten: Beyond good and evil; Chapter Eleven: Substance without form.

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"Billington's book, which is very easy to comprehend, will interest three types of readers--those who are in agreement with his atheism; those who are undecided as to whether or not they believe there is a God; and those who believe in the reality of God.."
-"CHOICE, M.C. Rose, Goucher College