Does God Exist?: An Answer for Today

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Does God exist? Who is God? And can we ultimately trust in any reality? These questions have been among the greatest subjects of human speculation since history began, but not until modern times has the reality of God been so strongly called into doubt. In this monumental study, written for men and women of all faiths (and of none), Hans Köng, the most renowned and controversial theologian in the world today, first traces the rise of modern atheism in the works of such great thinkers as Descartes, Pascal, ...

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Overview

Does God exist? Who is God? And can we ultimately trust in any reality? These questions have been among the greatest subjects of human speculation since history began, but not until modern times has the reality of God been so strongly called into doubt. In this monumental study, written for men and women of all faiths (and of none), Hans Köng, the most renowned and controversial theologian in the world today, first traces the rise of modern atheism in the works of such great thinkers as Descartes, Pascal, Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche and Freud, and then demonstrates—brilliantly and in terms that make sense to us today—why a "yes" to God remains a more reasonable and responsible belief than its alternative, nihilism.

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Editorial Reviews

Richard P. McBrien
Perhaps more than any other of his books, ''Does God Exist?'' challenges the preconceptions of uncritical defenders and uncritical opponents alike. It is a work at once conservative in its faith and substantive in its scholarship. . . . ''Does God Exist?'' demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt that Father Kung is a serious and sophisticated theologian, not simply a popularizer or polemicist. . . . Unsuspecting readers, attracted by the author's reputation for clear thinking and common sense, may stumble over some of the prose. . . . ''Does God Exist?'' is a major work by a major theologian. It deserves a wide and fair reading. -- New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597528016
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 840
  • Sales rank: 1,452,238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Kung is the author of many books including 'Eternal LIfe?', 'Global Responsibility', and 'Credo: The Apostles' Creed Explained for Today'. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Ecumenical Theology at the University of Tuebingen and President of the Global Ethic Foundation in Germany and Switzerland. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
The aim of this book
A Reason or Faith? 1
I I think; do I therefore exist? 3
1 The ideal of mathematical certainty 3
2 The fundamental certainty of reason 11
3 Reason as basis of faith? 15
4 Shattered unity 26
II I believe; do I therefore exist? 42
1 The relativity of mathematical certainty 42
2 The fundamental certainty of faith 51
3 Faith as the basis of reason 59
4 Tracks of atheism 81
III Against rationalism for rationality 93
1 The epistemological discussion 93
2 Interim results I: Theses on modern rationality 115
B The New Understanding of God 127
I God in the world 129
1 From deism to panentheism 129
2 Atheism? 137
II God in history 144
1 Phenomenology of spirit 144
2 System in history 150
III Secular and historical God 162
1 The irremovable difference 162
2 God in coming to be 169
3 Interim results II: Theses on the secularity and historicity of God 181
C The Challenge of Atheism 189
I God - a projection of man? 191
1 Anthropological atheism 192
2 Critique of Feuerbach 204
3 Critique of the critique 210
II God - a consolation serving vested interests? 217
1 Sociopolitical atheism 217
2 Critique of Marx 241
3 Critique of the critique 252
III God - an infantile illusion? 262
1 Psychoanalytic atheism 263
2 Critique of Freud 288
3 Critique of the critique 307
4 Interim results III: Theses on atheism 323
D Nihilism - Consequence of Atheism 341
I The rise of nihilism 343
1 Critique of culture 343
2 The counterreligion 369
3 What is nihilism? 380
II Conquest of nihilism? 398
1 Critique of Nietzsche 399
2 What Christians can learn 405
3 What non-Christians can learn 410
4 Interim results IV: Theses on nihilism 415
E Yes to Reality - Alternative to Nihilism 425
I The basic attitude 427
1 Clarifications 427
2 Reaction to reality 432
II Fundamental mistrust or fundamental trust? 442
1 Confrontation 442
2 Concretion 453
3 Explication 460
F Yes to God - Alternative to Atheism 479
I Multidimensional man 481
1 Transcendence? 481
2 The other dimension 489
II Theological discussions 509
1 Catholic or Protestant approach? 509
2 Controversy on natural theology 518
III Proving God? 529
1 Arguments for and against 529
2 More than pure reason 536
IV God exists 552
1 Introduction 552
2 God as hypothesis 561
3 God as reality 568
4 Consequences 576
G Yes to the Christian God 585
I The God of the non-Christian religions 587
1 The many names of the one God 587
2 The two main types of religious experience 603
II The God of the Bible 613
1 The living God 613
2 God and his world 627
III The God of Jesus Christ 667
1 God as Father 667
2 God through Jesus Christ 677
3 God in the Spirit 696
Notes 703
Index of Names 797
Index 813
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