Questions about God: Today's Philosophers Ponder the Divine / Edition 1

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Overview

From young children, with their guileless, searching questions, to the recently bereaved, trying to make sense of tragic loss, humans wrestle with our relationship to God—and with God's essence, motivations, and power—throughout our lives: Why does God permit catastrophe and senseless tragedy, again and again? Is God's power limited in any way? Can He change the past? Does He know the future? Why does God require prayer? Why does He not provide stronger evidence of His presence? Whom does God consign to hell, and why? Does God change? Suffer? What can we make of the conflicting diversity within world religions, of the many gods of different religious traditions?

Such questions engage, confront, and perplex us on a daily basis. In this rich, concise volume, leading philosophers who have long pondered God's nature and ways take on these core problems and present their findings in a manner likely to engage believer and non-believer, general reader and specialist alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195150384
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,278,721
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. David Shatz is Professor of Philosophy at Yeshiva University.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
1 Must God's Commands Conform to Moral Standards? 3
2 Is God Omnipotent? 9
3 Why Does God Allow Evil? 19
4 Is God Obliged To Make Us Happy? 37
5 Why Does God Hide His Existence? 47
6 Is God Vain? 63
7 Why Does God Require Prayer? 79
8 Whom Does God Consign to Hell? 97
9 Does God Suffer? 111
10 Does God Change? 137
11 Does God Know the Future? 147
12 Do All Religions Worship the Same God? 153
Index 171
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