By George Albert Wells
Professor Wells starts by means of examining the character of trust. To dispel well known confusions at the relation among phrases and strategies, he compares the considering technique of scientists, laymen, and chimpanzees.
The strength of emotion and intuition to assist 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 exhibits the impact of defiance and reliance in patriotism and in monotheistic religions, the place submission to the need of the all-powerful is a superb strategy for feeling safe within the face of life's real and ineradicable dangers.
Since the an expert Christians now settle for that the Bible is asymmetric, unreliable, and infrequently morally abhorrent, and that the recent testomony account of the foundation of Christianity is generally legend, a variety of makes an attempt were made to avoid wasting anything from the particles by means of selective re-interpretation. Wells evaluates a number of regular examples, exhibiting how the apologists decrease from the transparent implications in their arguments, which might demolish the total edifice of Christian doctrine.
Finally, Professor Wells debunks many of the extravagant and mystical claims which have been made for the humanities, significantly poetry, as quasi-religious automobiles for gaining insights into the human condition.
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Belief and Make-Believe: Critical Reflections On The Sources of Credulity by George Albert Wells