|Publication Date: 21 Mar 2019|
|Publisher: SPCK Publishing|
|Page Count: 80|
|Author: Rupert Shortt|
|ISBN-13: 9780281078714, 9780281078721|
Does Religion do More Harm than Good?
In this succinct but richly reflective book, Rupert Shortt offers even-handed guidance on one of the most disputed questions of our time. Among much else he sheds light on the contrast between good and bad religion, and on why the distinction is of urgent relevance in an era increasingly described as post-secular.
Argued with elegance and authority . . . refreshing and highly enjoyable
An admirably concise, thoughtful and fair discussion of the virtues and vices of a religious society.
I love this book. It demolishes fashionable atheists who claim religion only does harm. It criticises extremists of all faiths who promote hatred and violence in the name of religion, and it praises, with caveats, those who seek meaning in their lives within a community, find something in the transcendent, and want to make the world a better place.
Shortt is one of the UK's most thoughtful and self-effacing religious commentators
Are the world's major religions forces for good or harm? Rupert Shortt provides a fascinating and enlightening discussion, summarising key arguments on both sides, with a much-needed appeal for a deeper conversation about religion and secularism.
A triumph of ambition and concision.