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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405193441

ISBN-13: 9781405193443

Pub. Date: 02/02/2010

Publisher: Wiley

Meaning and Mystery offers a challenge to the way Philosophy has traditionally approached the issue of belief in God as a theoretical problem, proposing instead a form of reflection more appropriate to the practical nature of the issue.

  • Makes use of abundant illustrative material, from both literature, such as Les Misérables, Edwin Abott

Overview

Meaning and Mystery offers a challenge to the way Philosophy has traditionally approached the issue of belief in God as a theoretical problem, proposing instead a form of reflection more appropriate to the practical nature of the issue.

  • Makes use of abundant illustrative material, from both literature, such as Les Misérables, Edwin Abott’s Flatland, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and Leo Tolstoy’s A Confession, and popular culture, such as advertisements, the television series Joan of Arcadia and the film Stranger Than Fiction
  • Uses imaginative scenarios to offer explanations of central concepts
  • Incorporates theories on human thought and behavior in exploring the formation of religious belief
  • Written in a style that is accessible to readers with little background knowledge of philosophy

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

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

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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