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The Faith of a Heretic Paperback – June 9, 2015
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"The case against organized religion has seldom been so cogently put."--Newsweek
"An honest, uplifting, learned and highly readable argument against conformism. People who tend toward any conceivable form of heresy are likely to find it worth ten volumes of standard inspirational pap."--Life
"The book is a demonstration of Kaufmann's high spirits as well as his learning and cogency. He wants, he says, to make the reader feel his own faith is at stake, and whether that reader puts his faith in philosophy or popular religion, he will feel the sting of Kaufmann's wit."--The Progressive
About the Author
Walter Kaufmann (1921–1980) was the Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, where he taught for more than thirty years. His many books include Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist and Critique of Religion and Philosophy (both Princeton).
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As always Kaufmann provides insightful quotes to establish his viewpoints and challenges the reader to introspectively consider existent religious beliefs. His work on the old testament (Hebrew Scriptures) is fairly even handed. He brings to light many valid positive points; it is not just another critical review. His style is lucid and for the most part not pedantic. I did find parts of this book to be repetitious. The next to last chapter - Trilogue on Heaven, Love, and Peace - was for me downright boring and out of character for a Kaufmann book. This chapter is in the form of a discussion between a group of people and comes across as better suited for a fiction book; similar to what Sartre is noted for.
For a person not willing to challenge their personal religious beliefs - this is a book that would not be appreciated. For the reader well versed in theology and Biblical research there is not much new here. But he does offer a well rounded presentation from a Jewish, Catholic and Protestant historical perspective.
I would recommend this book with the above mention reservations.