The Secular Bible
Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously
By (author) Jacques Berlinerblau
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Secular Bible by Jacques Berlinerblau
Book DescriptionIn The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously, Jacques Berlinerblau explores the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, though an explicitly critical and secular perspective, reviewing how it has been interpreted from antiquity to today and how these interpretations impact our current political debates. In separate chapters, he looks at how the Bible continues to be invoked in disputes about Jewish identity, intermarriage, and about homosexuality - offering secular readers background and ideas for joining conversations about scripture. Finally, he suggests ways in which secularists in all countries need to pose such questions about all sacred texts and religious phenomena. Cumulatively, the book is a first attempt to re-invigorate a once-estimable secular, intellectual tradition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521853149
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jacques Berlinerblau
Secularism on the Edge, Hardback (August 2014)
In this dynamic and wide-ranging collection of essays, prominent scholars examine the condition of church-state relations in the United States, France, and Israel. Their analyses are rooted in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from ethnography and demography to political science, gender studies, theology, and the law.
How to Be Secular, Paperback / softback (September 2013)View all books by Jacques Berlinerblau
Equally tired offaith tests for politicians and atheist polemics about the crimes of religion? In How to be Secular, Jacques Berlinerblauissues a rousing defense ofAmerica's secular roots as our nation's best way of protecting religious freedom for all."
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Author Biography - Jacques Berlinerblau
Jacques Berlinerblau, who holds separate Ph.D.s in ancient Near Eastern studies and sociology, is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Languages and Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Hofstra University. His second book, The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibilities of American Intellectuals, was published in 1999 and his articles have appeared in The Journal of the Academy of American Religion, History of Religions, Biblical Interpretation, and other scholarly as well as more mainstream publications.
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