The Abraham Dilemma: A divine delusion

Hardcover | September 27, 2015

byGeorge Graham

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What is a religious or spiritual delusion? What does religious delusion reveal about the difference between good and bad spirituality? What is the connection between religious delusion and moral failure? Or between religious delusion and religious terrorism? Or religious delusion and despair?The Abraham Dilemma: A Divine Delusion is the first book written by a philosopher on the topic of religious delusion - on the disorder's causes, contents, consequences, diagnosis and treatment. The book argues that we cannot understand a religious delusion without appreciating three facts. One isthat religiosity or spirituality is a part of human nature, whether it takes theistic or non-theistic forms. Another is that religious delusion is something to which we are all vulnerable. The third is that the delusion is not best understood by reducing it to brain chemistry, or by insisting thatit is empirically false. It is best understood by examining its harmful personal and moral consequences - consequences that nearly unfolded when the biblical patriarch Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac in response to a command, he thought, from God.The book presents a fascinating and profound exploration of a phenomenon as old as mankind itself.

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What is a religious or spiritual delusion? What does religious delusion reveal about the difference between good and bad spirituality? What is the connection between religious delusion and moral failure? Or between religious delusion and religious terrorism? Or religious delusion and despair?The Abraham Dilemma: A Divine Delusion is th...

George Graham was born in Brooklyn, New York and educated in New York City, Canada, and Boston. He served on faculties of Alabama-Birmingham and Wake Forest University. He is currently on faculty of Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has produced or helped to produce more than 12 books and is former President of the Soci...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:September 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198728654

ISBN - 13:9780198728658

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Table of Contents

1. No One Left But God2. Religious Belief and Belief in Delusion3. Modes of Morals4. Spiritual Sense and Religious Sensibility5. Theistic Pragmatics and Personal Well-Being6. The Elements of Religious Delusion7. Straight from Crooked Wood