Religion Within Reason

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Steven M. Cahn
  • New York, NY: 
    Columbia University Press
    , March
     120 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Yaser Mirdamadi forthcoming.


Most believers and critics associate religion with the existence of a deity. But is religion dependent on belief in the supernatural, or can it be freed from reliance on divinity? In Religion Within Reason, Steven M. Cahn argues that while supernaturalism is not reasonable, religious commitment may well be. Writing not as a theist but as one who finds much to admire in a religious life, he examines faith and reason, morality, miracles, heaven and hell, mystical experiences, religious diversity, and the problem of evil, using a variety of examples taken from philosophy, literature, and popular culture. Lucidly written in a nonpolemical spirit, Religion Within Reason offers an exciting new approach to the reconciliation of science and religion.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Steven M. Cahn is professor of philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of more than fifty books, including Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflection on Living Well (2015); Polishing Your Prose: How to Turn First Drafts Into Finished Work (2013); and From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor (2008), all published by Columbia University Press.

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