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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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In Defense of Religious Moderation

In Defense of Religious Moderation

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In Defense of Religious Moderation

William Egginton

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter discusses two types of religion—the religion of arrogance and the religion of humility. The religion of arrogance presumes that there can be knowledge of, at least in theory, the totality of existence—a complicated subject that human knowledge can never comprehend. In contrast, the religion of humility understands that the human beings, trapped by the limitations of space and time, cannot possibly have perfect knowledge of a totality that encompasses all space and time. Also, the religion of humility is not at all religious like atheists and other adherents of the religion of arrogance because religion of humility may pose theological questions intent on exploring the limits of human knowledge, but it will never presume to speak with certainty about what transcends those limits.

Keywords:   religion of arrogance, religion of humility, totality of existence, human knowledge, space, time

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