God -- the Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows that God Does Not Exist / Edition 1

God -- the Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows that God Does Not Exist / Edition 1

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by Victor J. Stenger
     
 

Throughout history, arguments for and against the existence of God have been largely confined to philosophy and theology, while science has sat on the sidelines. Despite the fact that science has revolutionized every aspect of human life and greatly clarified our understanding of the world, somehow the notion has arisen that it has nothing to say about the

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Throughout history, arguments for and against the existence of God have been largely confined to philosophy and theology, while science has sat on the sidelines. Despite the fact that science has revolutionized every aspect of human life and greatly clarified our understanding of the world, somehow the notion has arisen that it has nothing to say about the possibility of a supreme being, which much of humanity worships as the source of all reality. This physicist and author contends that, if God exists, some evidence for this existence should be detectable by scientific means, especially considering the central role that God is alleged to play in the operation of the universe and the lives of humans. Treating the traditional God concept, as conventionally presented in the Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions, like any other scientific hypothesis, Stenger examines all of the claims made for God's existence. He considers the latest Intelligent Design arguments as evidence of God's influence in biology. He looks at human behavior for evidence of immaterial souls and the possible effects of prayer. He discusses the findings of physics and astronomy in weighing the suggestions that the universe is the work of a creator and that humans are God's special creation. After evaluating all the scientific evidence, Stenger concludes that beyond a reasonable doubt the universe and life appear exactly as we might expect if there were no God.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591024811
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     7
Preface     9
Models and Methods     21
The Illusion of Design     47
Searching for a World beyond Matter     77
Cosmic Evidence     113
The Uncongenial Universe     137
The Failures of Revelation     169
Do Our Values Come from God?     193
The Argument from Evil     215
Possible and Impossible Gods     227
Living in the Godless Universe     243
Bibliography     261
Index     283
About the Author     293

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