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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Sociologists Berger (The Social Construction of In Praise of Doubt: How to Have Convictions Without Becoming a Fanatic - Kindle edition by Peter Berger, Anton Zijderveld. Religion & Spirituality.
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There is precious little to argue with in this book.

Its scholarship is bracing, its prose mostly lay-friendly and seasoned with humor. They write of creationists and believers in evolution as if both were equally fanatical.

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Yes, secularists can be fundamentalists. Militants like Richard Dawkins, the British biologist and atheist, speak as if religion were unnecessary in an age of science, as if lab coats alone could guide us to values and meaning.


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But even Dawkins admits that evolution could be disproved if science discovered certain contrary evidence. By contrast, religious fundamentalists who admit the possibility that they are wrong are no longer fundamentalists, but rather tumble into new religions or no religion. Rich Barlow can be reached at barlow81 gmail.

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Your article has been sent. How we as individuals and as a society can find this ideal balance is the subject of this deceptively simple but revolutionary work. In Praise of Doubt takes the reader on an exciting whirlwind tour of the history of modernity, religion, the rise of psychology, Marxism, and the intellectual challenge of relativism, the failure of totalitarianism, fundamentalism as a modern invention, and the startling conclusion explaining why truth, even religious truth, needs doubt to survive and thrive.

In Praise of Doubt: How to Have Convictions Without Becoming a Fanatic

Mostly, I agree with the premise of this book, that is the desirability of moderate views in a liberal democracy, but I don't find it particularly well argued. I think that it is a little densely A sociological and philosophical analysis of doubt which, the authors argue, is necessary in the face of modern plurality.

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Doubt is necessary in order to avoid the other two reactions to plurality, relativism and fundamentalism. Berger is an internationally renowned sociologist and faculty member at Boston University, where in he founded its Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs.

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Zijderveld holds doctorates in both sociology and philosophy. He is on the faculty of Erasmus University in Rotterdam.


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Defying predictions, we live today in a world of plurality where diverse groups live