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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 Language of God

The Language of God

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In Defense of Religious Moderation

William Egginton

Columbia University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the belief in the possibility of absolute truth, saying that resistance to such dogma cannot be painted as the work of a rationalist tradition against the unreasoning dictates of faith. Rather, the skeptical attitude toward the possibility of an ultimate truth is rooted in religious traditions. Whenever and wherever people have thought deeply about the relation of human knowledge to God, this profound uncertainty has emerged and reasserted itself. Paradoxically, it has been this very uncertainty that has repeatedly undermined dogma and made way for the progress of knowledge. Thus, uncertainty is not the enemy of faith; rather, those traditions that recognized and developed a separation between what one can know and learn, and the sorts of total questions that transcend the limits of knowledge.

Keywords:   belief, absolute truth, faith, human knowledge, God, uncertainty

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