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Belief and Make-Believe : Critical Reflections On The Sources of Credulity.

Author: George Albert Wells
Publisher: New York : Open Court, 2013.
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Why do so many people - sometimes even intelligent people - swallow the preposterous claims of religion? G.A. Wells, the leading freethinker of our time, tries to shed light on this puzzle in his entertaining and enormously learned book, Belief and Make-Believe. Professor Wells begins by analyzing the nature of belief. To dispel popular confusions on the relation between words and thoughts, he compares the thinking  Read more...
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Wells, George Albert.
Belief and Make-Believe : Critical Reflections On The Sources of Credulity.
New York : Open Court, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George Albert Wells
ISBN: 9780812698701 0812698703
OCLC Number: 865331112
Description: 1 online resource (333 pages)
Contents: Preface; PART ONE: THINKNG AND BELIEF; 1. Ideas, Words, and the Thinking Process; i. Ideas: Particular, General, and Abstract; ii. The Role of Words; iii. The Thinking Process in Scientist, Layman, and Chimpanzee; iv. The Historian's Thinking; v. The Role of Analogies; 2. Reason and Instinct; i. Reason in the Ideas of Uncivilized Peoples; ii. Generalized Instincts and the Reasoning They Prompt; iii. Defiance and Reliance; iv. Fear and the Need for Protection; PART TWO: THE BIBLE AS A BASIS FOR RELIGIOUS BELIEF; Introduction; 3. The Bible-With or Without Illusions? 4. Portraits of Jesus, Old and Newi. Jesus as Unknowable; ii. The Significance Originally Assigned to the Crucifixion; iii. The Koran on the Crucifixion; iv. Schweitzer; v. Hoskyns and Davey; vi. Sanders and Davies; vii. The Evidence of Josephus: Charlesworth; viii. Conclusion; 5. The New Testament on Human Destiny and Human Nature; i. Bodily Resurrection; ii. Predestination; iii. Hell; iv. The Efficacy of Human Initiative; PART THREE: MAKE-BELIEVE; 6. Ideas and Pesudo-Ideas; i. Providence and the Idea of God; ii. Religion as Imagination: Santayana; iii. Richardson and 'Existential Knowledge' Iv. Honest to God in Retrospectv. Conclusion; PART FOUR: RELIGION AND POETRY; 7. The Origin and Development of Poetry and Dance; i. Poetry; ii. Song and Dance; iii. Developments in Literature and in Literary Criticism; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index of New Testament References; General Index.

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Why do so many people - sometimes even intelligent people - swallow the preposterous claims of religion? G.A. Wells, the leading freethinker of our time, tries to shed light on this puzzle in his entertaining and enormously learned book, Belief and Make-Believe. Professor Wells begins by analyzing the nature of belief. To dispel popular confusions on the relation between words and thoughts, he compares the thinking process of scientists, laymen, and chimpanzees. The power of emotion and instinct to help form people's ideological outlooks is analyzed by preference to "

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