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How to Believe


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How to Believe is concerned not so much with why we should believe as with what leads a person to become a believer

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John Cottingham is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Reading University and a Fellow of Heythrop College and St John's College, Oxford. A world authority on Descartes, he has published a number of works on the philosopher. His previous books include, Why Believe? (Continuum)


A beautifully written and nuanced defence of religious belief as a transformative practice rather than a set of intellectual doctrines. Written by one of Britain's leading philosophers, this is a careful and sensitive exploration of the deep nature of religious understanding. * Professor Keith Ward *
A lucid and often moving account of the nature of religious belief, of the habits involved in acquiring it, and of its place in the life of the believer. Written by a highly cultivated philosopher in language that comes from the heart, this book defines a place in the psyche that can still be defended against the scepticism, cynicism and scientism of our times. * Professor Roger Scruton *
This mature reflection on the nature of religious belief by a distinguished philosopher is to be highly commended. It contains much food for thought for believers interested in apologetics, and, being very accessible, would also serve well as a helpful gift to intelligent sceptics and enquirers. -- Bishop John Inge * Church Times *
It is hard to dispute the fundamental argument of this book ... We are offered insights into the poetry of Rilke, the music of J.S. Bach and the plays of Shakespeare. So good is the book that it seems petty to criticise * Church of England Newspaper *

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