Gutting, Gary, Talking God: Philosophers on Belief. New York: W. W. Norton, 2016. Pp. xii + 218. $ 16.95 paper.In Talking God: Philosophers on Belief, Gary Gutting conducts a series of interviews with philosophers to determine the relevance and place of religion in contemporary society. On one side, “some people say religion has nothing important to teach us; it’s just a residue of long-discredited ways of thinking and acting.” While Gutting admits that he is “open to that possibility,” he rather “think[s] it’s more likely that religion—like art, music, and science—deserves the central place in human culture.” However, at the same time, Gutting doesn’t “assume that we have an adequate understanding of how and why religion is important” since “many religious believers don’t have an adequate understanding of the real truth of their religion.” While “philosophical and scientific critiques may well undermine the ‘self-understanding’ of various religions … it doesn’t follow that there’s not a truth in religion that believers themselves do not (at least explicitly) grasp.” Thus, Gutting’s stated “goal … was to see what this truth, if any, might be.”The series of twelve interviews were conducted in 2014 for The Stone, the New York Times philosophy blog. For each interview,
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