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God's AgentsBiblical Publicity in Contemporary England$
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Matthew Engelke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520280465

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520280465.001.0001

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Reasonable Religion

Reasonable Religion

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(p.188) Chapter 6 Reasonable Religion
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God's Agents
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Matthew Engelke

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520280465.003.0007

Chapter 6 broadens the view into the public sphere by turning to Theos’s engagement with one of the most vexed legacies of the post-Enlightenment secular settlement: the relationship between religion and science. Ever since the 2006 publication of The God Delusion, by the celebrity science writer Richard Dawkins, a particularly strong version of Enlightenment antitheism has gained voice in the public sphere, helping to stage a “God debate” that went on throughout the whole period of my research. For Theos in particular, this debate was both resource and risk. The Theos team used it, in 2009, in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his most important book, On the Origin of Species, to conduct a massive project on what I call “reasonable religion.” It is through this project that we get the fullest sense of the ways in which Bible advocacy works to counter Enlightenment renderings of religion as irrational and antimodern.

Keywords:   Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, religion and science, the Enlightenment

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