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The Evidence for God: Religious Knowledge Reexamined Paperback – February 18, 2010
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"This is a powerful and highly thought-provoking book, always meticulously argued, but also written with the kind of overt emotional commitment that is rare in contemporary philosophy of religion, particularly that dealing with epistemological questions." --TLS
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1. The main point of the book, that God does reveal himself to the world, but not on our terms, is salient. Sounds God-worthy. God exhibits His existence in a life submitted to him. We, morally committed to Christ's purposes, are the evidence to the world (and to ourselves)of God's existence. He builds on this point and gives the core idea a lot of substance. Well worth reading.
2. Why four stars and not five? Frankly, Moser is an academian and writes like one. His sentence structures are too long and complex. I sometimes find myself re-reading a sentence many times to figure out what he's saying. The only reason I am working thru this book (about 2/3rds done) is because the content is rewarding and may in the final analysis be correct!
3. This book creates a path that seems viable. The naturalists want the Christian world to confront them on their terms. When Christians debate atheists to provide objective truth for God's existence, they always get smeared. It's embarrasssing to watch the gyrations that Christians go through to prove God from a worldly aspect. This book provides an alternative viewpoint that respects God, respects our responsibility toward God, and works out faith in a realistic fashion.
I'd like to hear the take of others on Moser's work. I find it a relief from the worn out apologetics found in popular Christian books. Ken
Moser's correctly notes that standard philosophical debates over the existence of God are often framed in a detached arms-length manner, a manner which presupposes that the answer to the question is causally ineffective with regard to the inquirer. Moser contends, rightfully I believe, that this human-centric approach is misguided. If there is an all-powerful all good God why would he not set the conditions for his disclosure and why would not an aspect of that disclosure entail responsiveness.
I bought this book after reading a similar essay by Moser in `God is good God is Great'. Despite being generally sympathetic to Moser's thesis I was disappointed with the text. While Moser may well be an interesting and informed thinker he is limited by his byzantine writing style - verbose, rambling and repetitive. Despite having an interest, and a background, in this area I found it is difficult and frustrating read. I am hard pressed to envision an audience for this book. The laymen will likely be lost in Moser's overly qualified language and vacuous prose, while the subject matter expert will be frustrated by his pedantic style.Read more ›
Along the way Professor Moser attempts to deflate various arguments for theism that play down the ontic majesty of the true and living God. Additionally he cogently refutes naturalism with precision and care (pp. 46-84). His persuasive and inexpugnable contestations refuting sundry schools of naturalism alone make this volume worth purchasing. Professor Moser also convincingly discredits fideism as he provides the reader with a thoughtful case against blind faith.
The book "develops volitional theism against the background that includes critical assessment of prominent competing positions" (Naturalism, Fideism, Traditional Proofs, Plantinga's epistemology - p. 45).
The book's claims are launched with an erudite quote from H.H. Farmer: "Many questions are answered wrongly, not because the evidence is contradictory or inadequate, but because the mind through its fundamental dispositions and presuppositions is out of focus with the only kind of evidence which is really available" (p. 1).
Moser controverts numerous forms of Naturalism including:
- Quine's (p. 68-70)
- Ontological Naturalism
a. Eliminative ontological naturalism
b. Noneliminative reductive ontological naturalism
c.Read more ›