Meaning and Mystery offers a challenge to the way Philosophy has traditionally approached the issue of belief in God as a theoretical problem, proposing instead a form of reflection more appropriate to the practical nature of the issue.
- Makes use of abundant illustrative material, from both literature, such as Les Misérables, Edwin Abott’s Flatland, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and Leo Tolstoy’s A Confession, and popular culture, such as advertisements, the television series Joan of Arcadia and the film Stranger Than Fiction
- Uses imaginative scenarios to offer explanations of central concepts
- Incorporates theories on human thought and behavior in exploring the formation of religious belief
- Written in a style that is accessible to readers with little background knowledge of philosophy
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Does Anyone Actually Believe in God?
1 Life-Orienting Stories.
2 God of the Philosophers.
3 Reasons for Believing in God.
4 Resistance and Receptivity.
5 Belief As a Practical Issue.
6 Anthropomorphism and Mystery.
7 Naturalistic Stories.
8 Theistic and Naturalistic Morality.
9 Meaning and the Limits of Meaning.
10 Conviction, Doubt, and Humility.
Suggestions for Further Reading.