By George Albert Wells
Professor Wells starts by way of examining the character of trust. To dispel well known confusions at the relation among phrases and options, he compares the pondering strategy of scientists, laymen, and chimpanzees.
The energy of emotion and intuition to aid shape people's ideological outlooks is analyzed by way of choice to "defiance" and "reliance", polar attitudes which come up from the necessity for dominance and submission in primate teams. Wells indicates the impact of defiance and reliance in patriotism and in monotheistic religions, the place submission to the desire of the all-powerful is an excellent procedure for feeling safe within the face of life's real and ineradicable dangers.
Since the a professional Christians now settle for that the Bible is asymmetric, unreliable, and infrequently morally abhorrent, and that the hot testomony account of the foundation of Christianity is usually legend, numerous makes an attempt were made to save lots of whatever from the particles through selective re-interpretation. Wells evaluates numerous general examples, displaying how the apologists reduce from the transparent implications in their arguments, which might demolish the full edifice of Christian doctrine.
Finally, Professor Wells debunks many of the extravagant and mystical claims which were made for the humanities, particularly poetry, as quasi-religious automobiles for gaining insights into the human condition.
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