On Animals
Volume II: Theological Ethics
By David L. Clough
Review by Bob Fischer on Tue, Aug 13th 2019.
On Animals by David L. CloughPhilosophers are writing a lot about animals these days. Christian theologians generally aren't. And that's a shame, even if you aren't particularly sympathetic to the Christian tradition. After all, there are roughly 2.2 billion Christians in the world today. Some of them are moved by secular moral argumentation, but a lot of them aren't. This isn't because they're unreasonable, but because they recognize that a lot of secular moral argumentation assumes premises that they reject. And if you reject the premises, you don't have any reason to accept the conclusions. The upshot: if you want to c
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The Darkening Age
The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
By Catherine Nixey
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 9th 2019.
Originally published in the UK in 2017, The Darkening Age presents a case against Christianity's self-image. Author Catherine Nixey was raised in a Catholic household by deeply religious parents and she studied ancient history as an undergraduate. (She tells the story of her parents' meeting as a nun and a monk in an online article.) Nixey sets out her case in this popular book that is full of dramatic stories. There are 22 pages of notes and 18 pages of bibliography. Her claims are that the early Christians were extremely intolerant of other religions and ways of life, to the e
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The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey

Philosophical Dimensions
By Kristof Vanhoutte and Benjamin W. McCraw (Editors)
Review by Andreea-Maria Lemnaru-Carrez on Tue, Jul 9th 2019.
Purgatory by Kristof Vanhoutte and Benjamin W. McCraw (Editors)This is a collection of sixteen exciting essays on the notion of Purgatory, not a from historical or cultural but philosophical point of view, unlike the other essays published on the subject in the last years. Due to space constraints, this review shall linger on only some of the papers. The book is divided in three parts. Its first part is dedicated to a philosophical contextualization of the concept of Purgatory, mainly in regards to ethics and the idea of time. The first chapter of the volume, written by K.K.P. Vanhoutte and B.W. McCraw addresses the definition of Purgatory as "the state,
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The Forgotten Creed
Christianity's Original Struggle against Bigotry, Slavery, and Sexism
By Stephen J. Patterson
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 2nd 2019.
Stephen Patterson argues that early Christianity was a religion that advocated equality for all and that it was against hierarchies of power between masters and slaves, men and women, and between different ethnic groups. It's an attractive view since this is what liberals believe now, and presumably at least some Christians now believe in such equality. Patterson also concedes that this view of equality is not one that the Christian Church continues to believe as it grew. It became an institution that promoted patriarchy and that solidified institutions of power of some groups over others. Ear
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The Forgotten Creed by Stephen J. Patterson

Morals Not Knowledge
Recasting the Contemporary U.S. Conflict between Religion and Science
By John H. Evans
Review by Shelly Galliah on Tue, Sep 4th 2018.
Morals Not Knowledge by John H. EvansSociology of religion expert John H. Evans has written a well-researched, multi-disciplinary text that speaks to our current historical moment. Using the sociology of religion; the history of sociology, science, and science's relationship with religion; and data sets from surveys and in-depth interviews, Evans explores and troubles the alleged "foundational knowledge conflict" between religion and science, or that schism resulting from the long-held assumption that religion determines truth about the world "through supernatural revelation" whereas science does so through "observations and
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Beyond the Self
Conversations Between Buddhism and Neuroscience
By Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer
Review by J. Jeremy Wisnewski on Mon, Sep 3rd 2018.
Beyond the Self is a series of dialogues between the neuroscientist Wolf Singer and the Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard. Both are extremely well-known in their respective worlds. Wolf Singer ran the Max Plank Institute for Brain Research; Matthieu Ricard is the French translator for the Dalai Lama and has authored numerous well-received books (including The Quantum and the Lotus, with Trinh Thuan, among others). Their conversations take up issues central to cognitive science and the philosophy of mind and action. The dialogues are rich in content, avoiding needless technicality withou
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Beyond the Self by Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer

A Mirror Is for Reflection
Understanding Buddhist Ethics
By Jake H. Davis (Editor)
Review by Kamuran Elbeyoğlu on Tue, Aug 21st 2018.
A Mirror Is for Reflection by Jake H. Davis (Editor)Over the last century, experts have written on many commonalities between Buddhism and modern Western philosophy. The main area of overlap between these two traditions is Buddhist ethics, so that it is almost indistinguishable from Western secular ethics and in most part, has nothing to do with traditional Buddhist morality. As Owen Flanagan in hisForeword aptly asserts “Buddhism presents a paradox” since, on the one hand, Buddhists are seen in popular imagination as good and having high standards of moral excellence. On the other hand, Buddhism doesn’t theorize eth
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A Human History
By Reza Aslan
Review by John D. Mullen on Tue, Aug 14th 2018.
Reza Aslan is an important type of thinker, putting him in a category, for example, with Steven Pinker. That is, he brings to his argument a wide range of fields of research, from which he attempts a synthesis that leads to a credible conclusion. In the work in question we read of the history, psychology and sociology of religions as well evolutionary theory, philosophy, mysticism, and in the end, a theological proposal. Scholars who spend their lives working within a narrow field often think of such writers as dilatants, though that may be explained by the fact that synthesizing of this kind
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God by Reza Aslan

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