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ERIC Number: EJ912430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4908
Looking Forward from "A Common Faith"
Noddings, Nel
Education and Culture, v25 n2 Article 3 2009
"A Common Faith," according to this author, is arguably one of John Dewey's least effective books. In it, he tries to persuade readers that the best of two epistemologically different worlds can be reconciled in a common faith--one that employs the methods of science with a generously religious attitude. Possibly most people today believe this cannot be done; that is, the two worlds will remain unreconciled. But perhaps, without reconciling the two worlds, people can find causes and tasks that will induce common commitment for the benefit of human survival and well-being. Dewey begins "A Common Faith" with these words: "Never before in history has mankind been so much of two minds, so divided into two camps, as it is today." In the first camp, Dewey places all those who believe in a supernatural being; in the second, he locates those who believe that science has "discredited the supernatural and with it all religions that were allied with belief in it." But he resists "extremists" in the latter group who seemed to believe that everything religious must be abandoned. Dewey wanted to get rid of religion, but not the "religious." Today, it might be said that the population is of three minds. There are still those who believe in a supernatural being and retain affiliation with an institution that supports their belief, and there are those--increasingly outspoken--who reject the supernatural entirely. But, in addition, there are people who call themselves "spiritual but not religious." Some of these people are agnostic but avowedly on a spiritual quest, seeking spiritual truth. Some believe in God but reject institutional religion. They seem to "believe in belief" but have no commitment to a specific set of beliefs. In this article, the author looks back on "A Common Faith" from the current state of affairs. (Contains 39 notes.)
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Language: English
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