Meaning and Mystery: What It Means To Believe in God / Edition 1

Meaning and Mystery: What It Means To Believe in God / Edition 1

by David M. Holley
     
 

Philosophers typically assume that the appropriate way to reflect on God’s existence is to consider whether God is needed as a hypothesis to explain generally accepted facts. In contrast, David Holley proposes that the question of belief should be raised within the practical context of deciding on a life-orienting story, a narrative that enables us to

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Overview

Philosophers typically assume that the appropriate way to reflect on God’s existence is to consider whether God is needed as a hypothesis to explain generally accepted facts. In contrast, David Holley proposes that the question of belief should be raised within the practical context of deciding on a life-orienting story, a narrative that enables us to interpret the significance of our experiences and functions as a guide to how to live. Using insights from sociology and cognitive psychology to illuminate the nature of religious beliefs, Holley shows how removing religious questions from their larger practical context distorts our thinking about them. 

Meaning and Mystery makes abundant use of illustrative material, including examples drawn from television shows such as Joan of Arcadia, from films such as Stranger Than Fiction, as well as from literature such as Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Flatland, and Leo Tolstoy’s A Confession. Challenging the way philosophy has traditionally approached the question of God's existence, this book will be of interest to anyone who wants to think seriously about belief in God.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405193443
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Does anyone actually believe in God? 1

1 Life-orienting stories 11

2 God of the philosophers 31

3 Reasons for believing in God 51

4 Resistance and receptivity 69

5 Belief as a practical issue 90

6 Anthropomorphism and mystery 109

7 Naturalistic stories 129

8 Theistic and naturalistic morality 151

9 Meaning and the limits of meaning 173

10 Conviction, doubt, and humility 192

Suggestions for further reading 214

Index 222

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