Review of Robert Wuthnow’s “The God Problem”

December 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

The Gospel Coalition recently posted my review of Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow’s The God Problem. Here are a few excerpts from the review. The God Problem

The God Problem is a fascinating study of how people talk about their faith, and how they do so in a way that reflects their desire to appear reasonable. Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow observes that while the United States is one of the most highly educated societies on earth, it is also one of the most religious.

In The God Problem, Winthrow examines how middle-class Americans juggle the seemingly paradoxical relationship between faith and reason. Using the tools of discourse analysis and cognitive anthropology, Wuthnow takes the reader on a tour through the United States to sit in on 165 qualitative interviews in which he carefully examines remarks about prayer, tragedies and miracles, heaven, freedom in Christ, and science and faith.Wuthnow suggests that people’s faith is often guided—and perhaps restricted—by their own desire to seem reasonable.

Read the whole review here

You can purchase The God Problem here.

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