The Good and the Good Book: Revelation as a Guide to Life

2016.01.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Samuel Fleischacker, The Good and the Good Book: Revelation as a Guide to Life, Oxford University Press, 2015, 164pp., $40.00
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2016.01.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Samuel Fleischacker, The Good and the Good Book: Revelation as a Guide to Life, Oxford University Press, 2015, 164pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198733072. Reviewed by Jerome Gellman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev In this book, Samuel Fleischacker sets himself the task of justifying what he calls a "modern" person taking a text to be a revelation. Fleischacker argues for accepting a text as revelatory on the grounds of its having a compelling "telic" vision. Fleischacker ascribes various characteristics to a modern person: A "modern" person has serious concerns about revering an ancient text (p. 7) and believes that neither scientific means nor observations suffice to establish that God exists (p. 15). A modern person belongs to a liberal society (p. 36), has been raised on a strongly individualistic ethos (p. 43), does not think credible that nature has given us an essence (p. 55), and has intuitions. . .

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