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Rabbi Wolpe (Making Loss Matter) joins the throngs of authors responding to the new atheists with defenses of faith. Yet rather than tense up about atheism, its defenders and their dismissive attitudes about people of faith, Wolpe answers these challenges with such kindness and thoughtfulness that even the heart of Christopher Hitchens might find itself warmed. Wolpe does not make his case for faith by hiding the darkest moments of Western traditions. Rather, he shines a light on religion's deepest scars—for instance spending a good deal of time discussing the relationship between religion and violence—while at the same time showing how religions have also (almost) always been a force of good in the world. (Take Christianity's extraordinary response to the tsunami in Indonesia, Wolpe explains.) With gentle, wonderfully engaging prose, Wolpe scrolls through history and shows how faith traditions don't offer easy, simplistic answers for the intellectually weak, as the New Atheists imply. More often than not, religion sparks believers to ask even more difficult questions, while at the same time building a platform on which to live under a canopy of hope. (Sept.)
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Why Faith Matters is an articulate defense of religion in America. It makes the case for faith and shows its relationship to history and science. Refuting the cold reason of atheists and the hatred of fanatics with a vision of religion informed by faith, love, and understanding, Rabbi David J. Wolpe follows in a literary tradition that stretches from Cardinal Newman to C. S. Lewis to Thomas Merton—individuals of faith who brought religion and culture together in their own works. Wolpe takes readers through the origins and nature of faith, the role of the Bible in modern life, and the compatibility of God and science, concluding with a powerful argument for the place of God, faith, and religion in today's world.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Editorial Reviews
Excellent primer on fundamentals of faith and why Pascal's wager makes sense. Verbalized my subconscious annoyance with arrogance of atheists. Will read more of David Wolpe books.Published 5 months ago by Alex Y
A very well written memoir. Rabbi Wolpe has a very easy and personal style. He is knowledgeable. I have read three of his other books and I have enjoyed them as well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by michael abraham
Reasonable and readable, the author makes some valid points. He contradicts himself at times, using select biblical passages only when it suits his purpose and it had a bit too... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ken
After listening to an interview of Mr. Wolpe, I just had to buy his book and I was not disappointed.Published 14 months ago by Ty
I first picked this book after watching a debate video of David Wolpe debating Christopher Hitchens (I think). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jarkko Laine
Daniel Wolpe argues for the benefits of faith as well as provides a multitude of sources on the subject matter of faith. You don't need to be a believe to enjoy reading this.Published 16 months ago by Texas boy