God in Proof

God in Proof

The Story of A Search, From the Ancients to the Internet

Book - 2013
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"In this tour of the history of arguments for and against the existence of God, Nathan Schneider embarks on a remarkable intellectual, historical, and theological journey through the centuries of believers and unbelievers--from ancient Greeks, to medieval Arabs, to today's most eminent philosophers and the New Atheists. Framed by an account of Schneider's own unique journey, God in Proof illuminates the great minds who wrestled with one of history's biggest questions together with their arguments, bringing them to life in their time, and our own. Schneider's sure-handed portrayal of the characters and ideas involved in the search for proof challenges how we normally think about doubt and faith while showing that, in their quest for certainty and the proofs to declare it, thinkers on either side of the God divide are often closer to one another than they would like to think."-- Publisher's statement on Amazon.com.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780520269071
0520269071
Branch Call Number: 212.1 SCHNEIDE
Characteristics: xii, 253 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Nov 04, 2018

I was anticipating a book about the proofs for the existence of God, and mostly - and more and more as book progressed - the book is about Nathan travelling around and talking with famous apologists, talking about himself (with large dollops of humble bragging), and only very briefly and informally describing the arguments that purport to be proofs (or at least strong arguments for the existence of God. The footnotes are helpful, though there is no further reading guide; the index is oddly organized; some philosophers, like prof. Sobel, who wrote a 600 page book about logic and God (ultimately in favour of atheism), are totally ignored. What was quite interesting was that there are institutions, indeed a whole subculture, teaching, using, and even profiting and entertaining people with rhetoric (in the best sense of the word), especially as it involves God.

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