Thinker's Guide to God

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The attempt to define what we mean by God, and indeed goodness, has been the central preoccupation of Western religion and philosophy.

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Overview

The attempt to define what we mean by God, and indeed goodness, has been the central preoccupation of Western religion and philosophy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What are the arguments for the existence of God? If terrible evil and suffering exist in the world, how can a good God exist? Where does God exist in space and time? Is any language adequate for talking about an eternal and immutable deity that transcends human categories of description? What is the relationship between faith and reason? Philosopher of religion Vardy (Heythrop College, University of London) addresses these questions and many others in this compact introduction to key issues in the philosophy of religion. He devotes each of the book's chapters to a particular topic e.g., miracles and prayer, religious language, life after death that forms part of the philosophical discussion of God. Using sidebars, tables, illustrations, case studies and drawing on the writings of philosophers from Plato and Aquinas to Leibniz and Kierkegaard, Vardy creates a collage-like survey of ways that philosophers talk about God. For example, in the chapter on the arguments for God's existence, Vardy rehashes in capsule form the major steps in Aquinas's cosmological argument, Anselm's ontological argument and Kant's moral argument, among several others. While Vardy's pastiche covers the highlights of the philosophical discussion of God, other studies such as John Hick's Philosophy of Religion provide the kind of depth necessary to more fully understand the major issues in the philosophy of religion. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Popularizing complex ideas is a worthy but difficult undertaking, and Vardy (vice-principal, Heythrop Coll., Univ. of London), in this introduction to the philosophy of religion in the Western monotheistic tradition, frequently crosses the fine line separating helpful simplification from misleading oversimplification. In the course of 14 chapters covering the usual topics (with the notable omission of theodicy, dealt with in the author's The Thinker's Guide to Evil), Vardy makes a significant number of exaggerated claims, such as "Aristotle rejected almost everything for which Plato has argued" or "Protestants rejected natural theology." However, public and school libraries may wish to purchase the book despite these blunders, for in the main Vardy succeeds in explaining philosophical arguments in down-to-earth prose. Furthermore, the layout of the book, with illustrations on almost every page, bulleted lists, and magazine-style sidebars of supplementary information, gives it a user-friendly touch. Academic libraries will prefer a more detailed and rigorous text, such as William Rowe's Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction.-Charles Seymour, Wayland Baptist Univ. Lib., Plainview, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903816226
  • Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,494,540
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Thinking about God - Plato and Aristotle 6
Ch. 2 The God of the Philosophers 18
Ch. 3 The God of Sacred Scripture 28
Ch. 4 Religious Language 44
Ch. 5 The Challenge of Anti-Realism 62
Ch. 6 Arguments for the Existence of God 78
Ch. 7 The Attributes of God 102
Ch. 8 Life after Death 122
Ch. 9 Miracles and Prayer 150
Ch. 10 Jesus, the Trinity, and Christian Theology 166
Ch. 11 Faith and Reason 192
Ch. 12 Attacks on God - Darwin, Marx, and Freud 206
Ch. 13 God and Science 232
Ch. 14 Quantum Reality, Multi-Dimensions, and God 250
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