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God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet

God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet

by Nathan Schneider

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"What to call this odd, fascinating, and absolutely compelling book? History? Treatise? Manifesto? Travelogue? Confession? It’s all of the above, plus drawings that are as full of wit as the delightful prose. The combination is deceptively casual, for as Schneider’s excursions into philosophy and theology knit together into a story, we see the shape of subtly powerful argument for proofs as a genre more akin to visions than logic. That makes them no less true or false; only (like this remarkable book) revelatory."—Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family

"A heartfelt exploration of a matter typically assumed to be about the head alone, full of faith yet faithful to reason and gloriously free of the cliches of 'true believers' and 'new atheists' alike."—Stephen Prothero, God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World

"If Walter Kaufmann and Annie Dillard had a love child, it would be Nathan Schneider. Part philosophy junkie, part spiritual seeker, all journalist, Schneider takes us on a tour of proofs for the existence of God. Rather than trying to advance a single theistic idea, he reveals that the question of God's existence remains as urgent as ever—not in a final proof, but as an irrepressible confrontation between the self and the world. This is a very special book, written by a gifted observer of the human condition."—Kathryn Lofton, Yale University

God in Proof is a tour de force. I mean this, first of all, in the dictionary sense—the book is an exceptional achievement, unequaled by anyone else; it is a feat of extraordinary writing and ingenuity. But I also mean it metaphorically—Nathan Schneider takes the reader on an exciting historical tour of attempts to reinforce religious belief by way of proof. Though I'm a philosopher by profession and Schneider is not, I couldn't put the book down—philosophical insights veritably popped from the pages. I enthusiastically recommend the book to anyone, professional philosopher or not, interested in philosophical argument, in general, and proofs of God's existence, in particular."—Kelly James Clark, Return to Reason

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520287464
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 07/17/2015
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,040,306
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. His writing 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 is an editor of the website Killing 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 Idea
6 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

Timeline of Provers
Table of Proofs

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