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The Faith of a Heretic


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Foreword Stanley Corngold xi Preface xxvii I Prologue 1 II The Quest for Honesty 14 III Philosophy and Revolution 39 IV Commitment 66 V Against Theology 90 VI Suffering and the Bible 137 VII The Old Testament 170 VIII Jesus vis-a- vis Paul, Luther, and Schweitzer 207 IX Organized Religion 250 X Morality 280 XI Freud and the Tragic Virtues 332 XII Death 355 XIII Trilogue on Heaven, Love, and Peace 380 XIV Epilogue 399 Bibliographical Index 411 Acknowledgments 419

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Walter Kaufmann (1921-1980) was the Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, where he taught for more than thirty years. His many books include Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist and Critique of Religion and Philosophy (both Princeton).


"The case against organized religion has seldom been so cogently put."--Newsweek "An honest, uplifting, learned and highly readable argument against conformism. People who tend toward any conceivable form of heresy are likely to find it worth ten volumes of standard inspirational pap."--Life "The book is a demonstration of Kaufmann's high spirits as well as his learning and cogency. He wants, he says, to make the reader feel his own faith is at stake, and whether that reader puts his faith in philosophy or popular religion, he will feel the sting of Kaufmann's wit."--The Progressive

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