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Introductory

Samuel Fleischacker

in Divine Teaching and the Way of the World

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199217366
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217366.003.0002
Introductory

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Parts I and II of the book take up the relation of religious belief to secular modes of cognition and morality, and they both open with introductory chapters laying out the general issues they intend to address. The introductory chapter in Part I sketches the tensions many people see between science and the teachings of revealed religions. Do modern accounts of the origin of the universe or the development of life, or of the writing of the Torah, the Gospels, the Quran, etc, threaten the believer's ability to regard his or her revealed texts as true? This chapter gives some general reasons for religious believers to trust the same scientific theories and experts that secular people trust, but indicates that regarding a revealed text as true is not the same thing as regarding a scientific theory as true. The rest of Part I will attempt to explain this difference.

Keywords: science; biblical criticism; truth

Chapter.  7693 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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