After Atheism, Part 4: James Carse

The Religious Case Against Belief

James Carse is the author of a book called The Religious Case Against Belief. In it, he turns a lot of widely accepted ideas on their heads. Belief usually defines religion, as any dictionary would show. Carse argues that belief is often the enemy of religion. Beliefs, he says, come and go, but religions persist. Some have a lot of beliefs, some almost none, but even those with a lot preserve their identities even when those beliefs change. James Carse is a scholar of the history and literature of religion which he taught for many years at New York University. In this episode he shares his thoughts on the nature of belief and the nature of religion. Listen to the podcast:

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The Religious Case Against Belief by James Carse is published by Penguin Press.

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