Case For The Existence Of God

Case For The Existence Of God

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by Dean L. Overman
     
 

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A Case for the Existence of God explores fundamental questions about why our world exists and how it functions, using principles of logic, physics, and theology to show that a belief in God can explain more about our world than even the most sophisticated science. In a time when religion and science are often portrayed as diametrically opposed, Dean Overman

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A Case for the Existence of God explores fundamental questions about why our world exists and how it functions, using principles of logic, physics, and theology to show that a belief in God can explain more about our world than even the most sophisticated science. In a time when religion and science are often portrayed as diametrically opposed, Dean Overman presents a refreshing view of the interplay between science and religion and makes a compelling case for the existence of God and his role in our world.

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The Morrow County Sentinel
In a time when religion and science are often portrayed as diametrically opposed, Overman presents a refreshing view of the interplay between science and religion and makes a compelling case for the existence of God and His role in our world.
Rev. John Polkinghorne
Why is there something rather than nothing? Why is the universe deeply and beautifully transparent to scientific enquiry? Dean L. Overman argues with clarity and care that theism offers the most illuminating response to such profound questions. His book will be found helpful by many thoughtful seekers after truthful understanding.
Dr. Robert Kaita
Modern science has been immensely successful describing nature, but as Albert Einstein put it, 'the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.' Dean L. Overman offers an explanation that is at once simple and profound. As befits an experienced lawyer and deep thinker, his book presents a lucid and convincing case for a God who has revealed His existence through His creation.
James M. Houston
As it is the nature of God that he should be humanly apprehensible, while also incomprehensible—outside of the universe we live within—it is appropriate the knowledge of God requires multiple levels of 'knowing.' Indeed, religious or mystical experiences of God may be more telling witnesses than the rationalist or metaphysical approaches. Brilliantly Dean L. Overman, as a wise and skilled lawyer, puts the reader in the dock to test the validity of his or her atheism, deism, or unreflective secular mind-set. This is a challenging book that will not only stretch the mind but deepen the heart, to experience both the mind and heart of God.
Keith Ward
A lucid and wide-ranging positive argument for the existence of God, based on a wide range of data from modern science and also on the cumulative testimony of many reported spiritual experiences. It is an excellent antidote for those who may think that science cannot make a rational case for God.
Armand Nicholi
From the Afterword:

In A Case for the Existence of God, Dean L. Overman clearly explains the importance of understanding our worldview and the presuppositions that form the basis of that worldview….Readers will find the book to be a window into their lives and thus, difficult to put down.

Os Guinness
Like a rare wine, Dean Overman is to be savored, not gulped. Crystal clear in his thinking and wide-ranging in his reading and discussion, he is a shining example of those who believe in thinking and think in believing.
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Drawing on modern cosmology and information theory, Overman exposes fallacies that infested skeptics' thinking since Hume and Kant. . . . A book for readers who are willing to wrestle with the largest questions.
Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
[Overman] is at his best when he engages science....In all of his analyses, Overman demonstrates an impressive erudition regarding both scientific and philosophical literature. He interweaves the two disciplines in an engaging and interesting way, all the while recognizing the limitations of each sort of analysis....I believe this book makes a genuine contribution to contemporary apologetics, particular with his emphasis on science.
Publishers Weekly

In an age when atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris are loudly challenging the existence of God, former Oxford University Templeton scholar Overman resurrects the age-old attempt to make the case for God's existence. Such arguments for God's existence dominated theology from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, and students of philosophy of religion still debate Aquinas's cosmological argument, Anselm's ontological argument and Kant's moral argument. Overman builds on Aquinas's formula by contending that we understand God's existence through an understanding of the world (cosmos). The contingency and dependence of creatures and creations reveals the existence of a Being that is a necessary Cause and neither contingent nor dependent. Overman takes this argument one step further and argues that knowledge of God is ultimately personal knowledge. He examines the ways that thinkers from Kierkegaard and Buber to Tolstoy and Simone Weil develop their own knowledge of God and proposes them as models of our knowing God. While Overman's attention to these thinkers offers a fresh approach to the case for God's existence, much of his book is a tired review of well-known materials. (Feb.)

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ISBN-13:
9780742563124
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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