Can We Believe in People?

Human Significance in an Interconnected Cosmos

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Stephen R. L. Clark
  • New York: 
    , February
     240 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The view that humanity is “in the image and likeness of God” has influenced the past two millennia of European history, and retains its significance despite the apparent decline of theism as a major social factor. Human beings are understood to be in some way “special,” deserving of “respect,” capable of understanding (even remaking) the universe. The aim of the author—drawing on a wide range of resources ancient and modern—is to clearly delineate this view: its apparent justifications, its implications, and what can and should be said to challenge it. Can We Believe in People? preserves a strong account of human reason and human dignity while yet fully acknowledging the claims of other terrestrial and extraterrestrial life.

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

Stephen R. L. Clark is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Liverpool, and an honorary research fellow in the Department of Theology at the University of Bristol. His books include The Mysteries of Religion (1984), God’s World and the Great Awakening (1991), Biology and Christian Ethics (2000), Understanding Faith: Religious Belief and its Place in Society (2009), Ancient Mediterranean Philosophy (2013), and Plotinus: Myth, Metaphor and Philosophical Practice (2016).



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