31 Surprising Reasons to Believe in God: How Superheroes, Art, Environmentalism, and Science Point Toward Faith

31 Surprising Reasons to Believe in God: How Superheroes, Art, Environmentalism, and Science Point Toward Faith

by Rick Stedman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736969833
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 355,323
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr. Rick Stedman is a collector of classic-rock vinyl LPs, bookaholic, author, pastor, and devoted husband and father. He founded and for two decades led Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, California. He has graduate degrees in theology, philosophy, and ministry, and is the author of Praying the Armor of God and Praying the Psalms.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Surprising Reasons to Lean Toward Theism 9

Part 1 The Ecstasy and Agony of Beauty

Chapter 1 Superhero and fantasy movies aren't just for kids, therefore God exists 17

Chapter 2 Honor movies and books are shockingly popular, therefore God exists 23

Chapter 3 Music moves my soul like nothing else, therefore God exists 31

Chapter 4 I love beauty and art, therefore God exists 37

Chapter 5 Sports fanatics can't help themselves, therefore God exists 43

Chapter 6 Happiness is a moral responsibility, therefore God exists 49

Chapter 7 Sex can be out of this world, therefore God exists 55

Part 2 Yearnings for a Better World

Chapter 8 Human trafficking is a vile evil that must be stopped, therefore God exists 63

Chapter 9 Cruelty to animals is detestable, therefore God exists 67

Chapter 10 I'm embarrassed by the bad behavior of believers, therefore God exists 73

Chapter 11 Protecting our environment is a moral issue, therefore God exists 79

Chapter 12 I despise needless violence and cruelty therefore God exists 85

Chapter 13 I deeply value free speech and self-expression, therefore God exists 91

Chapter 14 I believe in the justice of seeking justice, therefore God exists 97

Part 3 Shafts of Glory

Chapter 15 I'm amazed at the existence of existence, therefore God exists 107

Chapter 16 I'm staggered by the glory of our universe, therefore God exists 113

Chapter 17 The marvel of language can't be put into words, therefore God exists 119

Chapter 18 Mathematics and numbers are no mere games, therefore God exists 127

Chapter 19 The scientific method is fabulously effective, therefore God exists 133

Chapter 20 I need reasons to trust my own reason, therefore God exists 139

Chapter 21 Truth is more real and important than preference, therefore God exists 147

Part 4 The Miracle That Is Me

Chapter 22 I wonder about the wonder of the self, therefore God exists 157

Chapter 23 I wonder about the wonder of free will, therefore God exists 163

Chapter 24 I wonder about the wonder of doubt, therefore God exists 169

Chapter 25 I wonder about the wonder of emotions, therefore God exists 173

Chapter 26 I wonder about the wonder of compassion, therefore God exists 179

Chapter 27 I wonder about the wonder of hope, therefore God exists 187

Chapter 28 I wonder about the wonder of human dignity, therefore God exists 193

Part 5 Feeling Homesick At Home

Chapter 29 I long for a world without pain and suffering, therefore God exists 203

Chapter 30 I long for lasting love and community, therefore God exists 211

Chapter 31 I long for immortality and eternity therefore God exists 217

Conclusion 225

Acknowledgments 229

Endnotes 231

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