Meaning and Mystery: What It Means To Believe in God / Edition 1

Meaning and Mystery: What It Means To Believe in God / Edition 1

by David M. Holley
ISBN-10:
140519345X
ISBN-13:
9781405193450
Pub. Date:
01/19/2010
Publisher:
Wiley
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Meaning and Mystery: What It Means To Believe in God / Edition 1

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405193450
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/19/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

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.

Index.

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