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Published: 01 November 2012

294 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9780199964451

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The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs

Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

Solomon Schimmel

  • "This is a long-overdue book about a pressing subject by a brilliant writer qualified not only by his professional expertise but by his own life experiences. The question of why otherwise thoughtful people accept irrational religious fundamentalism is a difficult one to address in our age of oversensitivity about challenging deeply held religious beliefs. But Schimmel confronts the challenge head- on -- respectfully, intelligently, and with the insights that have long characterized his work. This is a must-read for all thinking people who respect religious diversity." --Alan Dershowitz
  • "Schimmel's is a fresh voice in the ongoing critique of fundamentalism. ...The book represents an intelligent inquiry into the cognitive world of secular modernity's religious discontents that is both fearlessly frank and unusually empathetic. [Schimmel's] sensitivity to the individual fundamentalist's socialization process and to the storied loss of faith that profoundly shapes ex-fundamentalists makes the book a highly original contribution to interdisciplinary fundamentalism studies. Scripture scholars, comparativists, and Christian readers unacquainted with yeshiva-based Jewish intellectual life will profit from this provocative work." --Theological Studies

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