In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief

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Simon and Schuster, 01/11/2011 - 237 páginas
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Ten years ago, when Harvard professor James Kugel was diagnosed with an aggressive, likely fatal, form of cancer, “I was, of course, disturbed and worried. But the main change in my state of mind was that . . . the background music had suddenly stopped. . . . the music of daily life that’s constantly going, the music of infinite time and possibilities. Now suddenly it was gone, replaced by nothing, just silence. There you are, one little person, sitting in the late-summer sun, with only a few things left to do.” Despite his illness, Kugel was intrigued by this new state of mind; it seemed to reveal something basic about the religions that he had been studying for years.

In this wide-ranging exploration of religion throughout the ages, interspersed with personal reflection on the course of his illness, Kugel mines a rich store of sources in an attempt to understand mankind’s unending series of encounters with God, from ancient accounts of human meetings with gods and angels, to first-person narratives of religious conversions and the findings of neuroscientists and evolutionary biologists about religious belief. A rigorously honest, sometimes skeptical, but ultimately deeply moving affirmation of religious faith, In the Valley of the Shadow is a powerful meditation on humanity’s place in the world and life’s greatest mystery.
  

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Review: In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief

Procura do Utilizador  - Holly - Goodreads

I said I wasn't going to read any books about DEATH for awhile, and then I go and pick up one titled In the Valley of the Shadow?! This is really Kugel's response to the popular atheists - Dennett ... Ler crítica na íntegra

Review: In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief

Procura do Utilizador  - Lawrence - Goodreads

I highly recommend "In the Valley of the Shadow". It is a lovely, honest, and sincere book about the origins of religious belief. It is also a book informed (1) by the fine and wide-ranging mind of ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Contents The Background Music
12
Man Stands Powerless Before Elevator
19
Hope
37
Religion on the Brain
43
Under Sentence of Death
55
Who Shall I Say Is Calling?
73
Into the Stark World
89
The Eerie Proximity
115
Medical Magic
185
Postscript
201
Acknowledgments
207
Notes
209
Index
223
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115
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155
230

The Sickening Question
131
An End to Omens
155

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James L. Kugel is Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature at Harvard University, and a regular visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.  He is the author of a number of books of biblical scholarship, including How to Read the Bible (2007), for which he won the National Jewish Book Award for best book, The Great Poems of the Bible (1999), and The Bible As It Was (1997). In 2001, Kugel was awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer Prize in Religion.  He lives in Jerusalem, Israel, and in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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