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Myth of Religious Neutrality, Revised Edition

The Myth of Religious Neutrality, Revised Edition

An Essay on the Hidden Role of Religious Belief in Theories

Roy A. Clouser

Written for undergraduates, the educated layperson, and scholars in fields other than philosophy, The Myth of Religious Neutrality offers a radical reinterpretation of the general relations between religion, science, and philosophy.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02366-9
416 pages
Publication Year: 2005

Roy A. Clouser is professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at the College of New Jersey.

“[T]he new edition of The Myth of Religous Neutrality should be considered a welcome volume for Christians who are in the sciences and especially those who recognize the important role religion can play in science. . . . The Myth of Religious Neutrality has much to commend itself. Certainly philosophers will enjoy reading the revised edition. . . . But I particularly recommend a serious consideration of the book to scientists.” — Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

“. . . Clouser urges his fellow-believers to abandon their vain efforts to harmonize pagan philosophical and scientific theories with belief in God and embrace the ‘radically biblical’ claim that ‘there is no knowledge or truth that is neutral with respect to belief in God’ . This claim, he argues, must include theories about every conceivable aspect of reality, from philosophical overviews of reality and theories of knowledge to aesthetics and zoology. . . This edition, in which Clouser offers extensive responses and rebuttals to his critics as he travels far and wide across philosophy of religion and biblical studies as well as philosophy of science, ontology, and epistemology, is sure to extend and deepen our understanding of what it means to develop theories that honor our belief that Yahweh alone is that on whom all reality depends.” — Christian Scholar’s Review

“Contrary to popular opinion that holds that most of the affairs of day-to-day life are seen as neutral with respect to religious belief, [Clouser] finds ‘that religious belief is the most powerful and influential belief is the world’ and that it ‘has the single most decisive influence on everyone’s understanding of the major issues of life ranging across the entire spectrum of human experience. . . . This new edition has been completely revised and updated by the author.” — Theology Digest

“Clouser’s book is an accessible introduction to and defense of the idea, pioneered by H. Dooyeweerd, that scientific theories depend for their possibility on religious commitments or, as Clouser calls them, ‘divinity beliefs.’ ” — Religious Studies Review

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The Myth of Religious Neutrality, Revised Edition

An Essay on the Hidden Role of Religious Belief in Theories

Roy A. Clouser

The Myth of Religious Neutrality, Revised Edition: An Essay on the Hidden Role of Religious Belief in Theories
Paper Edition

Written for undergraduates, the educated layperson, and scholars in fields other than philosophy, The Myth of Religious Neutrality offers a radical reinterpretation of the general relations between religion, science, and philosophy.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02366-9

416 pages

“[T]he new edition of The Myth of Religous Neutrality should be considered a welcome volume for Christians who are in the sciences and especially those who recognize the important role religion can play in science. . . . The Myth of Religious Neutrality has much to commend itself. Certainly philosophers will enjoy reading the revised edition. . . . But I particularly recommend a serious consideration of the book to scientists.” — Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

“. . . Clouser urges his fellow-believers to abandon their vain efforts to harmonize pagan philosophical and scientific theories with belief in God and embrace the ‘radically biblical’ claim that ‘there is no knowledge or truth that is neutral with respect to belief in God’ . This claim, he argues, must include theories about every conceivable aspect of reality, from philosophical overviews of reality and theories of knowledge to aesthetics and zoology. . . This edition, in which Clouser offers extensive responses and rebuttals to his critics as he travels far and wide across philosophy of religion and biblical studies as well as philosophy of science, ontology, and epistemology, is sure to extend and deepen our understanding of what it means to develop theories that honor our belief that Yahweh alone is that on whom all reality depends.” — Christian Scholar’s Review

“Contrary to popular opinion that holds that most of the affairs of day-to-day life are seen as neutral with respect to religious belief, [Clouser] finds ‘that religious belief is the most powerful and influential belief is the world’ and that it ‘has the single most decisive influence on everyone’s understanding of the major issues of life ranging across the entire spectrum of human experience. . . . This new edition has been completely revised and updated by the author.” — Theology Digest

“Clouser’s book is an accessible introduction to and defense of the idea, pioneered by H. Dooyeweerd, that scientific theories depend for their possibility on religious commitments or, as Clouser calls them, ‘divinity beliefs.’ ” — Religious Studies Review