*Starred Review* Philosophy is hardly everybody’s cup, but by adding dollops of memoir and first-person reportage to a history of attempts to prove that God exists, Schneider makes an often dry subject quite companionable. Not that any of the proofs forged by thinkers from Plato to Alvin Plantinga rises any more convincingly from Schneider’s pages than from the sages’ own. Rather, by tethering the proofs to his own quest for them from age 17 on, Schneider enlivens them. He discloses that he’s Jewish, raised by nonobservant, secular, but not antireligious parents who allowed him his own choices in spirituality (he’s now a Catholic). They also divorced, which one would think gave great impetus to his quest, though he doesn’t make a big thing of it because he’s careful never to give too much personal information and distract from the proofs. Besides the classical Greeks, he draws the proofs he discusses from the great medieval Catholic philosophers, those of Muslim Spain, foundational Enlightenment thinkers, and later and contemporary figures, especially those who have brought about a rebirth of Christian philosophy since the 1980s. Of course, he also notes disprovers—ever more of them as the narrative approaches the present, concluding with the New Atheists and their disputers, for both of whom he turns from historian-memoirist into reporter. A book that starts attractively and gets more enjoyable by the page. --Ray Olson
"As journalist Nathan Schneider aptly observes in 'God in Proof,' proofs about God can be a very preachy genre. . . . Schneider explores them as cultural artifacts, with value regardless of how one evaluates their truth value."
(Becky Garrison Washington Post
"A book that starts attractively and gets more enjoyable by the page." STARRED REVIEW
(Ray Olson Booklist
"As a popularization of recondite argument, God in Proof mingles accessible explanations with a reporter’s fresh outlook."
(John L. Murphy New York Journal of Books
"A philosophically engaging and challenging work, accessible enough for the nonacademic reader as well as specialists."
(Phil Klay Full Stop
"Philosophy is the centerpiece of God in Proof, but at heart the book is a despairing/joyous/troubling/awe-inspiring/universally understood story of an individual struggling with the idea of God. In the world of philosophy, the question of God is entirely divorced from matters of the heart. But what inspires the inquiry and rises from its aftermath is entirely a matter of love—for reason, for people, and for God. God in Proof is a straightforward, unpretentious, and deeply affecting reminder of that."
(Chris Francis Yes!
"Though the book is informed by considerable scholarship . . . Schneider’s audience includes anyone with an interest in intellectual history and faith. Tracing the philosophical dialectic in a manner both responsible to the issues and accessible to the ordinary reader, Schneider weaves together intellectual history with his own quest for faith."
(William Rehg, S.J. America
"For a non-specialist, Schneider, in a compact, book provides background on, synopses of, and observations about a wide spectrum of efforts to prove and disprove God’s existence. . . . I recommend Proof to those whose taste in reading runs to philosophical theology and to all those for whom the intellectual side of the religious quest is an interest."
(Drew Christiansen America
"Entertaining, well written, and historically comprehensive . . . Schneider has given us a means of clearly seeing the intimate relationship between a religious way of being in the world and the expression of this life in the rational language of proofs."
(Robert Bolger Los Angeles Review of Books
"Relayed in non-technical language, God in Proof challanges the casual and the experienced philospher alike to engage with historical arguments as they make their own quest for truth."
(Timothy Jacobs First Things
"By adding dollops of memoir and first-person reportage to a history of attempts to prove that God exists, Schneider makes an often dry subject both companionable and insightful. Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books: 2013
(Ilene Cooper Booklist