1. Debating Religion

  1. John R. Shook

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch1

The God Debates

The God Debates

How to Cite

Shook, J. R. (2010) Debating Religion, in The God Debates, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328042.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 27 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336412

Online ISBN: 9781444328042



  • debating religion - promising a rewarding relationship with the supreme reality;
  • religions, views about what supreme reality - is like, and how best to relate to it;
  • nonbelievers, not denying reality - that any religion knows best about reality, or how to relate to it;
  • religions, being divided - believers meeting to share and compare religions;
  • believers sharing personal experiences - common ground, hidden behind doctrinal walls;
  • non-traditional Christians, influenced by religious traditions - a god and nature overlap;
  • debating existence of god - part of a larger field, the field of religious criticism;
  • secularization, religion's control over the outer world - not over the inner mind;
  • Christian manner of erecting a moral and social code - and selected Bible verses;
  • skeptical atheism's use of atheology - for effective debate with theology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Religion under Scrutiny

  • Debating Dogma

  • Theology and Atheology

  • Could Atheism Prove God Doesn't Exist?

  • Could Religion Disprove Atheism?