After Disbelief: On Disenchantment, Disappointment, Eternity, and Joy (Paperback)
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An intimate, philosophic quest for eternity, amidst the disenchantments and disappointments of our time
“Anyone who, in our age of disbelief, longs to believe in God will find Mr. Kronman worth reading.”—Andrew Stark, Wall Street Journal
“Aims to persuade America’s ‘relentlessly rational’ elites to acknowledge the existence of ‘divinity.’ . . . Kronman’s ambition is to repair ‘the schism between those for whom religion continues to matter and those who view it with amusement or contempt.’”—Tunku Varadarajan, Wall Street Journal
Many people of faith believe the meaning of life depends on our connection to an eternal order of some kind. Atheists deride this belief as a childish superstition.
In this wise and profound book, Anthony Kronman offers an alternative to these two entrenched positions, arguing that neither addresses the complexities of the human condition. We can never reach God, as religion promises, but cannot give up the longing to do so either. We are condemned by our nature to set goals we can neither abandon nor fulfill, yet paradoxically are able to approach more closely if we try. The human condition is one of inevitable disappointment tempered by moments of joy.
Resolutely humanistic and theologically inspired, this moving book offers a rational path to the love of God amidst the disenchantments of our time.
About the Author
Anthony Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law and a former dean at Yale Law School. He is the author of Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan and Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life. He lives on Block Island, RI.
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