The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty Hardcover – 8 Mar 2011
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'The story of Victorian doubt is both fascinating and important for understanding why we continue to be mired in fierce cultural battles over the status of evolution and the value of religious faith. This provocative book is well worth the read.' --Bernard Lightman, York University
'Lane asks the right questions of the doubting pundits, past and present. Easy to read and render[ing] complicated ideas accessible, [his book] is an altogether admirable study and ends with an amusing tour of the intellectual trivialities at American Creationist 'museums'. --Edward Norman, Literary Review
'In this elegantly written book...Lane finds something insightful to say about the nature of belief and 'what it felt like to lose one's religious faith-as an individual and, more broadly, as a people and society.' An attentiveness to the psychology of faith is one of Lane's strengths as a critic, and he evinces a genuine sympathy for the ebb and flow of changing belief...An erudite and highly readable contribution to the complex world of nineteenth-century belief'. --Mark Knight, Victorian Studies
About the Author
Christopher Lane is the Pearce Miller Research Professor of Literature at Northwestern University and a recent Guggenheim fellow. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and many other newspapers and periodicals. He is the author of numerous essays and several books on literature, belief, and psychology, including Shyness.
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