“This is an impressive new contribution to current debates over the proper relationship between science and religion. Bolger argues convincingly that what he calls ‘religious scientism’ is a mistake made by both scientific critics of religion, as well as by some misguided theologians. Bolger’s careful dissection of where these very different thinkers go wrong gets to the root of many of these issues.” —Brian L. Keeley, Professor at Pitzer College
“In clear and jargon-free prose, Bolger offers sophisticated arguments to uncover the intellectual errors of applying claims of science to religion—errors made by thinkers from Richard Dawkins to Ian Barbour to Arthur Peacocke. The ‘science and religion’ debates have neglected a position that deserves the thoughtful hearing Bolger gives it. Brimming with well-informed arguments, Kneeling at the Altar of Science is both original and enjoyable.” —Lynne Rudder Baker, author of The Metaphysics of Everyday Life
“Kneeling at the Altar of Science tells it straight. Asserting that ‘God is not the type of thing that exists’ doesn’t distort religious meaning, but may, in fact, be the best, most religious way to start smashing our idols once and for all.” —Scott Korb, author of Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine
“Bolger’s analysis is strong, original, and provocative. His book is worthy of careful reading; his treatment of the topic deserves much further discussion.” —Willem B. Drees, editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science
Gesturing Toward Reality
“Wallace’s deeply influential postmodern pragmatism was not the casual byproduct of his novelistic vision. Rather, it was the distillation of a lifetime of urgent and rigorous philosophical engagement. Unfortunately, that deeply informed background is often obscured by the white light of his intimate, inimitable voice. Gesturing Toward Reality refracts that light to reveal the colorful spectrum of his sources. The essays assembled here are as lively as they are entertaining, and provide an accessible introduction to some of the most complex ideas in Wallace’s already challenging oeuvre.
” —Marshall Boswell, Professor and Chair of English, Rhodes College, USA, author of Understanding David Foster Wallace, and co-editor of David Foster Wallace and “The Long Thing”
“Gesturing Toward Reality is the first collection of pieces on David Foster Wallace to tackle head-on one of the things that make his work so important to so many: the power of his thinking. Approaching Wallace’s thinking from a variety of angles, the philosophers and literary critics in this volume work hard (and to great effect) to tease out Wallace’s ideas as they appear in his fiction and nonfiction, to explore how he came to them from his education and experience, how he expressed them through language, and what they meant for him and might continue to mean to us; Gesturing Toward Reality thus makes a significant contribution not only to Wallace studies but to the work of anyone interested in literature and philosophy, in the way we tell stories in order to think.
” —Samuel Cohen, Associate Professor of English, University of Missouri, and co-editor of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace