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read doc Ç The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs ☆ Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth ´ goproled ☆ ❮BOOKS❯ ✯ The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth ⚡ Author Solomon Schimmel – challenges based on reason experience and scholarship Examples are provided not only from the three monotheisms but from other ideologies such as communism He goes on to offer concrete contemporary examples of orthodox Jewsemploying these strategies to protect their belief in the divine revelation of the Pentateuch These examples are gleaned from Internet discussion groups and personal correspondence He concludes with a discussion of what he sees as the grave and sometimes dangerous moral and ethical conseuences ofscriptural fundamentalism as well as the undesirable intellectual effects of maintaining such beliefs An interesting well written and well argued book on the psychology of maintaining beliefs in the face of contradictory evidence

doc ê Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth ¹ Solomon Schimmel

Modern scholarship in several disciplines makes it clear that the Bible and the uran were authored by humans not least because of their internal inconsistencies Nevertheless fundamentalists some of them highly educated professionals persist in believing in the divine authorship oftheir sacred scriptures In this book Solomon Schimmel seeks to understand why these people insist on such beliefs and how they defend them in the face of evidence to the contrary Because his expertise is in Judaism he focuses on the example of orthodox Jews but he also attends to the cases ofChristian and Muslim fundamentalistsSchimmel begins From someone who has though uite a bit about the issues that are the subject of this book I believe this book was so soContent was decent at least that regarding Jewish Fundamentalism and to a lesser extent Christian fundamentalism The Mulsim stuff was clearly just thrown in for completion The last chapter is uite interesting Very little of the book is original That which is original is mostly Schimmel's observations and musings without any academic rigour behind itVery difficult to follow however He goes on multiple tangents many of them diatribes against the folly of fundamentalism which add nothing to the book I really had to look over some of the sections multiple times to get my bearings

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The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs Fundamentalism and the Fear of TruthWith an autobiographical narrative describing his own journey from acceptance of the beliefs of orthodox Judaism especially the divine revelation of the Pentateuch to Moses to religious doubt and eventual rejection of this and other core beliefs of orthodoxy He reviews howpre modern Jewish Christian and Muslim thinkers responded to challenges to the divine origin of their respective scriptures He goes on to explore the motives underlying the attempts of believers to retain their beliefs and related practices when they are challenged He identifies a range ofpsychological strategies used to protect vulnerable beliefs f I should begin by saying that this book has a somewhat limited audience As the book focuses primarily on the Orthodox Jewish movement it is those in it who can relate most to what is being written But of course adherents to the movement's beliefs are not likely to be reading such heresy Thus the audience that will enjoy it most are likely to be Orthodox Jews who have either lost their faith or headed in that direction faith here is not synonymous with observanceAs such I enjoyed the book and could relate to much of what was written I myself have always wondered how it is that so many brilliant people adhere to implausible beliefs as Schimmel calls it He offers many interesting ideas and insights that provided answers as well as food for further thoughtThe fours stars as opposed to five owes to the fact that the book is a tedious read It is repetitive often rambling and perhaps too emotional at times though it is understandable given his self professed motivations for writing the book in chapter 1 All too often I found myself saying ok we get the point move on Because of that style if you are a person who has a difficult time staying focused I cannot recommend the bookOverall a good read that not only offers insights but is sure to make every heretic feel really good about him or herself