Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth

Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth

by Matthew Levering


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Leading theologian Matthew Levering presents a thoroughgoing critical survey of the proofs of God's existence for readers interested in traditional Christian responses to the problem of atheism. Beginning with Tertullian and ending with Karl Barth, Levering covers twenty-one theologians and philosophers from the early church to the modern period, examining how they answered the critics of their day. He also shows the relevance of the classical arguments to contemporary debates and challenges to Christianity. In addition to students, this book will appeal to readers of apologetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801097560
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Matthew Levering (PhD, Boston College) is the James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary, University of Saint Mary of the Lake, in Mundelein, Illinois. He previously taught at the University of Dayton. Levering is the author of numerous books, including The Theology of Augustine, Engaging the Doctrine of Revelation, and Ezra & Nehemiah in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series.

Table of Contents


1. Patristic and Medieval Arguments for God's Existence
Gregory of Nazianzus
John of Damascus
Thomas Aquinas
William of Ockham
2. Reformation and Enlightenment Views
John Calvin
Michel de Montaigne
Francisco Suárez
René Descartes
Blaise Pascal
David Hume
Immanuel Kant
3. Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Responses
John Henry Newman
Maurice Blondel
Pierre Rousselot
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange
Martin Heidegger
Karl Barth

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