In this tour of the history of arguments for and against the existence of God, Nathan Schneider embarks on a remarkable intellectual, historical, and theological journey through the centuries of believers and unbelieversfrom ancient Greeks, to medieval Arabs, to today’s most eminent philosophers and the New Atheists. Schneider’s sure-handed portrayal of the characters and ideas involved in the search for proof challenges how we normally think about doubt and faith while showing that, in their quest for certainty and the proofs to declare it, thinkers on either side of the God divide are often closer to one another than they would like to think.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Nathan Schneider is the author of Thank you, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse. Hiswriting about religion and reason has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, and America, among other publications. He isan editor of the websiteKilling the Buddha.
Table of Contents
Sketches of Babel 1 First Causes: Ancient times and reasonable measures 2 The Island: Muslims and Jews make proof safe for revelation 3 Grammars of Assent: A monk and a friar restore proofs to Christendom 4 On Certainty: Early modernity turns a familiar proof inside out and upside down 5 Coming of Age: Enlightenment, from the all-destroyer to an Absolute Idea6 Grandeur in This View of Life: A couple of rocky centuries for the argument from design 7 The Deaths of God: Human progress and God’s absence in the twentieth century’s ruins 8 Not Dead Yet: Theism makes a comeback in philosophy 9 God, Hypothesis: Proof sneaks into the latest science 10 The Proof
Industry: Old proofs turn into viral movements God, Alone Acknowledgments NotesTimeline of Provers Table of Proofs