Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism

2015.01.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Philip Kitcher, Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism, Yale University Press, 2014, 175pp., $25.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.01.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Philip Kitcher, Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism, Yale University Press, 2014, 175pp., $25.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780300203431. Reviewed by Alvin Plantinga, University of Notre Dame/Calvin College "The central purpose of this book," according to the preface, "is to show how a thoroughly secular perspective can fulfill many of the important functions religion, at its best, has discharged" (p. xiii). Philip Kitcher concedes that this may take a while: "a fully rewarding secular world cannot be built in a day" (p. 2). Kitcher seems genuinely sympathetic to religious concerns, and genuinely concerned to understand them. He writes with sensitivity and insight. He has an attractive style and writes well (although it isn't always easy to tell precisely what he means to say). Kitcher begins (chapter 1) by explaining why he rejects religion. Here he is more nuanced and less bombastic than the dreaded new. . .

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