A Rational Belief is an intelligent layman's attempt to elucidate the relationship between God and Man from a contemporary standpoint, in order to make clear its relevance and importance to the individual and to society in the modern world. The book develops the proposition that belief in a Creator is entirely compatible with the discoveries and hypotheses of science, and that there is no such thing as 'supernatural'. A second radical theme is that there are certain 'sacred cows' in Western society such as competition, democracy, and human rights, that evil is using as stalking horses to deflect us from the responsibilities for our species and our planet that God has delegated to us. The author contends that we can solve most of the problems that the world is now facing by the use of our own spiritual abilities and the resources that God has made available to us. He offers tentative suggestions regarding how this might be achieved, and what a future society committed to God's purpose might be like. It is an unusual and original contribution to current debates about the politics of moral engagement, and the significance of religious belief and practice.
Peter Wycherley was born in a cottage in the Mendip hills in 1941, in straitened family circumstances. He read Zoology at St. Catherine's, and studied beer, church bell ringing, and the opposite sex. He worked as a school teacher before taking early retirement at 50. His wide-ranging interests include the natural world, bell ringing, gardening, food and drink, and classical orchestral music.