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The Agnostic s Tale

Author: John Rae
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A thoughtful investigation into the nature of religious faith, including interviews with Professor Richard Dawkins, Sir Andrew Huxley and Martin Rees. "Next month, it will be seven years since the death of John Rae: prize-winning novelist, newspaper columnist, public intellectual, regular on Question Time, but probably best remembered as the outspoken headteacher of Westminster (alma mater to the Deputy Prime Minister and many other establishment figures). There was a time when you could hardly turn on your TV or radio and not hear his voice, a national profile that no head since has enjoyed. The Agnostic's Tale is an unflinching account of a journey that he undertook in the weeks and months leading up his death when he became increasingly discontented with his lifelong "shoulder-shrugging" on the question of God's existence. "If I wanted to call myself an agnostic," he writes, "I would have to find a way to shock or shake my agnosticism into something approaching restless incredulity. And the sooner the better." It is an indication of the cachet his name carried that, once he had decided on exploring the question through a series of conversations, Rae had only to pick up the phone to be granted an audience with Nobel Prize-winning scientists, the Astronomer Royal, any number of bishops, atheist par excellence Richard Dawkins, and the Master-General of the Dominican Order, Timothy Radcliffe." -Daily Telegraph


The Agnostic Age

Author: Paul Horwitz
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The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution is a book for lawyers, law professors, law students, lawmakers, and any citizen who cares about church-state conflict and about the relationship between religion and liberal democracy. It provides a way to understand and balance the conflicts that inevitably arise when neighbors struggle with neighbors, and when liberal democracy tries to reach common ground with religious beliefs and practices. Paul Horwitz argues that the fundamental reason for the church-state conflict is our aversion to questions of religious truth. By trying to avoid the question of religious truth, law and religion has ultimately only reached a state of incoherence. He asserts that the answer to this dilemma is to take "the agnostic turn": to take an empathetic and imaginative approach to questions of religious truth, one that actually confronts rather than avoids these questions, but without reaching a final judgment about what that truth is. This book offers a sensitive and sensible approach to questions of church-state conflict, justifying what the courts have done in some cases and demanding new results in others. It explains how the church-state conflict extends beyond law and religion itself, and goes to some of the central questions at the heart of the troubled relationship between religion and liberal democracy in a post-9/11 era.


The Agnostics

Author: Wendy Rawlings
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“Who knows if there’s a God? There’s us, now, and caterpillars and other insects and mulch. So thinks Stephen Wirth as he watches his marriage collapse. Between bouts of alcoholism and attempts to restore a fleet of decrepit boats, Stephen does his best to help his daughters cope with their mother having fallen in love with another woman. But growing up and making sense of the world is something the girls must do on their own, just as for their mother there is no easy way around building a new life. Set on Long Island, The Agnostics follows the Wirths through several decades as they struggle to redefine themselves and their idea of family. Painting with a fine and delicate brush, Wendy Rawlings reveals her characters’ lives as a series of discrete moments, illuminating the intimate story of one American middle-class family. “Already an accomplished stylist, Rawlings has given us a first novel that is at once delicate and intense. The characters are so finely engraved and their passions so recognizable, the river of their daily lives runs so broad and deep, in the end we feel not that we have merely read about them but that we have lived with them, side by side. A poignant, exquisitely focused book.” —Sigrid Nunez, author of The Last of Her Kind


A SHIPWRECK SURVIVOR S TALE

Author: Donald G. Vedeler
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When retired U.S. Army chaplain Greg Sponney left for a three-month sailing and hiking adventure cruise, he never could have imagined that he would one day be shipwrecked and stranded on a small, rocky, uninhabited island in the northern Pacific Ocean. This is his story, in the form of 64 letters to his seven grandchildren, in which he describes his survival adventure. He also seeks to share with them what he believes is important in life...hoping that somehow, someday his grandchildren will have the chance to read them. Torn between despair that he will never be rescued, and hope that he will, he and his two fellow-survivors, a retired carpenter and a retired nurse, make the best of a desperate situation.


Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder Taking Mexico Flying

Author: John Quinn Olson
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Welcome to the adventures and misadventures from a quarter century of hang gliding and travel. Huck yourself off cliffs, soar into the Wild Blue, and land where no human has landed before, all from the comfort and safety of your easy chair. Visit exotic lands and foreign skies, experience the thrill of foot-launched human flight and never even risk your neck. Come along with a wild cast of characters, who fly like their lives depend upon it. Realize mankind's most ancient dream, FLY WITH THE BIRDS!


A Psychiatric Study of Fairy Tales

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The Agnostic Reader

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This reader includes selections of some of the most profound and pioneering discussions of agnosticism over the past two centuries. Includes: Thomas Henry Huxley (who coined the term), Bertrand Russell, Schopenhauer, Einstein, Asimov, and others.


Search your soul Eustace

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A Plain Tale from the Bogs

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Life after death

Author: Albert J. Nevins
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