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A Common Faith (The Terry Lectures Series) Paperback – 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0300000696 ISBN-10: 0300000693

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  • Series: The Terry Lectures Series
  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300000693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300000696
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Marumoto on February 1, 2010
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A little gem. Written 75+ years ago, timelessly relevant, calling us as citizens of the world to a faith not based on divergent mythologies, which is more of a critical choice now than ever before.
I suggest reading also: "Varieties of Scientific Experience - A Personal View on the Search for God" by Carl Sagan, and 2)"Breaking the Spell - Religion as a Natural Phenomenon" by Daniel Dennett.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amy M. Sandidge on September 4, 2001
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In this book John Dewey presents a compelling argument for a union of religious and social ideals, and for consistency in both idea and action. Although the book is brief, the rhetoric is dense and the thesis is thought-provoking. This volume is an excellent example of Dewey's social and political thought. It should be read and considered not only by social scientists, but also by Christians who wish to intelligently grow their own faith.
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John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American philosopher (best known as a Pragmatist), psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas of “progressive education” have been very influential (as well as controversial, in some circles). He wrote many books, including Reconstruction in Philosophy, The Quest for Certainty, etc.

He begins this 1934 book by saying, “Never before in history has mankind been so much of two minds, so divided into two camps, as it is today… there are many who hold that nothing worthy of being called religious is possible apart from the supernatural… The opposed group consists of those who think the advance of culture and science has completely discredited the supernatural and with it all religions that were allied with belief in it… The extremists in this group believe that … not only must historic religions be dismissed but with them everything of a religious nature… There is one idea held in common by these two opposite groups: identification of the religious with the supernatural.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Layton on May 6, 2013
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There might be no summary more concise of religion's place in the modern world. A must-read for believers and nonbelievers alike.
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9 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Kenny Glass on February 22, 2010
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This book is evil and is typical of the pathetic excuse we Americans like to call philosophy, pragmatism. Pragmatism is not philosophy because it denies metaphysics and just tries to find what will serve a given ideology. In other words, it is intellectual prostitution.

This particular book outlines a plan on how best to educate our youngsters for a functional social democracy. I have nothing against a social democracy, mind you, but as a telos for education it stinks. Education should be an apolitical search for the Truth--yes, with a capital T. Education should lead students out of the shadowy cave into the full light and glare of the Truth. Education means, after all, a leading out. But such a conception is incomprehensible to a mindset which believes that truth is simply what works. What works is determined by a given political/social system, and so truth is determined by ideology, and not vice versa.

Dewey's political preference is social democracy. An atheistic social democracy, to be precise, for Dewey thinks religion is bunk. Nevertheless, Dewey likes the religious, because the religious instills in people the zeal needed to accomplish the social engineering required for a socially democratic utopia. But how can you have religious zeal without its religious telos which is provided by the hocus pocus of, well, religion. Well, it is simple. You just decide that religion does not work and discard it, but you keep the carmel-nougaty goodness of the religious zeal and just attach it to the social democratic endeavors that, once realized, will usher in the Age of Aquarius and the Obama Presidency. Nevermind that the religious makes sense only within the context of religion. The former derives from the latter, after all, and if religion is untrue, then the religious will die.
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