Belief or Nonbelief?

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Belief or Nonbelief?
Author Umberto Eco, Carlo Maria Martini
Original title In cosa crede chi non crede?
Country Italy
Language Italian
Subject Religion
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Arcade Publishing
Publication date
Published in English
January 12, 2000
Media type Print (hardback, paperback), e-book
Pages 160 pages
ISBN 1559704977

Belief or Nonbelief? (originally published in Italian as In cosa crede chi non crede?) is a 1996 non-fiction book by Umberto Eco and Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini.[1] The book was first published on January 12, 2000 through Arcade Publishing and consists of a dialogue between Eco and Martini about the subject of religion.

The book was named one of the Los Angeles Times' "Best Nonfiction Of 2000".[2]


Belief or Nonbelief? has eight chapters, during which Eco and Cardinal Martini discuss various topics such as religion, belief, abortion, and ethics. The book's title refers to "the beliefs of those who do not believe in God or religious dogmas".[3]


Critical reception for the book was mostly positive.[4][5] The Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News both gave positive reviews for Belief or Nonbelief?,[6] with the Los Angeles Times calling it a "short but challenging book".[7]


  1. ^ Fagenblat, Michael (2010). A Covenant of Creatures: Levinas's Philosophy of Judaism. Stanford University Press. pp. 169–170. ISBN 0804774684. 
  2. ^ "The Best Nonfiction Of 2000". LA Times. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Zabala, Santiago (2007). Weakening Philosophy: Essays in Honour of Gianni Vattimo. Mcgill Queens Univ Pr. p. 297. ISBN 0773531432. 
  4. ^ "Review: Belief or Nonbelief? A Confrontation". Booklist. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Kessel, Ross (August 2001). "Belief or Nonbelief: a Confrontation (review)". Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 94 (8): 421–422. PMC 1281644Freely accessible. 
  6. ^ "SPIRITED MEDIA". Dallas Morning-News. May 6, 2000. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Gallagher, Nora (March 18, 2000). "An Enlightening Dialogue Between 2 Amazing Minds". LA Times. Retrieved 25 May 2013.