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The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

Solomon Schimmel


This book is a passionate yet analytical critique of and polemic against Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural fundamentalists. It examines the ways in which otherwise intelligent and bright Jews, Christians, and Muslims defend their belief in the divine authorship of the Bible or of the Koran, as well as other religious beliefs derived from those claims, against overwhelming evidence and argument to the contrary from science, scholarship, common sense, and rational analysis. The book also examines the motives, fears, and anxieties of scriptural fundamentalists that induce them to cling ten ... More

Keywords: fundamentalism, Jewish fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalism, Muslim fundamentalism, Bible, Koran, religious psychology, belief, faith, reason, revelation, Orthodox Judaism, irrationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195188264
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Solomon Schimmel, author
Hebrew College
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