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In Defense of Religious Moderation$
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William Egginton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231148788

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231148788.001.0001

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The Fundamentalism of Everyday Life

The Fundamentalism of Everyday Life

(p.18) 2 The Fundamentalism of Everyday Life
In Defense of Religious Moderation

William Egginton

Columbia University Press

This chapter narrates an anecdote about a trip to Saint-Moritz taken by the author and realizations while playing roulette at a casino. In thinking that an outcome somehow preexisted the spinning of the roulette wheel, the author admitted that he was participating in a pervasive and ultimately false way of thinking about the world. This worldview depends on several basic assumptions. First, that things and events exist on a stable time line, stretching from the past into the future, that people experience one moment at a time. The second is that the universe that stretches out in space and time is ultimately knowable as it really is in itself. These two assumptions entail a fundamentally religious way of seeing the world.

Keywords:   basic assumptions, false thinking, universe, religious worldview, stable timeline

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