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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Insights Out Publishing; 1st edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967294975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967294971
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,995,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katzen, a "recovering lawyer," writes his views on discovering faith from an agnostic viewpoint, dissecting the basic tenets of faith and re-examining them from every angle. He first assumes a position of nonbelief and next tries to intellectually dissuade readers from that position. According to Katzen, definitive statements about God boil down to one simple premise: defining God does not make God exist. He goes to great lengths to describe love, logic, free will and God, starting from the premise that love holds the highest value in our lives. Through short stories and poetry, Katzen introduces his arguments, then continues to refine the topic using logic and reasoning. Emotions, while beneficial, are not the foundations on which to build any reasonable faith, he says. This text addresses choosing a faith to last a lifetime, overcoming imperfection and obstacles to faith, examining competing paradigms, making the leap of faith despite past hindrances, examining the word "Father" for God and understanding the emotional side of believing. Katzen packs a lot of legalese into his short treatise, wallowing in semantics and rehearsing arguments that are often redundant and confusing. Logicians may appreciate this, but general readers should steer clear. (Nov.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

About the Author Halbert Katzen is an accomplished speaker and writer. A self-proclaimed "recovering-lawyer," he has a unique approach and writes in an exceptionally sincere, clear, and accessible style. With a blend of conservative and innovative ideas, he takes up the perennial questions of philosophy of religion in the western tradition.

Halbert Katzen received a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law, an M.B.A from the University of Colorado, College of Business and Administration and a B.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Brandies University.

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By GoReporter on September 28, 2008
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What an amazing book - unlike anything you've ever read on the subject of love. Who would ever think that love could be logical? Halbert Katzen has discovered a very unique formula that just might work.

Table of Contents:

Part I: Defining Love, Logic, Freewill, and God

Love
Reasoning and Experience
Freewill
God
How To Safely Mix Love, Logic, Freewill, and God
Part II: Faith

A Definition Beyond Words
The Danger of Faith Based on Anecdotes
The Knowledge-versus-Belief Dilemma
Why Spiritual Beliefs Look Like Secular Knowledge
Faith to Last a Lifetime
Feeling Faithful versus Choosing Faith
A Few Words to the Faithful
For The Love of Love
Intuitive Faith versus Logical Faith
Being A League Player
Part III: Transcending Obstacles to Faith

Religion
Is Imperfection a Good Idea?
It's Just Not Fair
And Justice for All
The Mercy of Nonintervention
What Evil Lurks?
It's a Matter of Proof
Part IV: Recognizing the Possibilities

The Geometry Analogy
Competing Paradigms
Part V: The Leap: Believing Without Knowing

The Nature of Faith as a Choice
Freeing One's Self From Past Experience
Love is the Greatest
The Integrity of Faith-Beliefs
Love is in the Present
Fear: The Seed of Selfishness
Letting Go of Judgment
Join the Club
Part VI: Using the Word Father for God

Transforming the Generic God into a Name Brand
Three Crucial Connotations
We Are Children Of God
We Are Persons With God
We Have Freewill
Part VII: Emotions and Attitude

Spirituality and Emotions
3D Love
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "richard_fuller" on October 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
We certainly all agree that love is the glue that binds us together to accept ourselves, our mates, our neighbors...indeed all others. In his new and dynamic book, The Logic of Love, Halbert Katzen demonstrates how faith in God can be a logical extension of love.
Mr. Katzen deftly leads the reader through an understanding of what love means, "...the desire and willingness to do well for others." It is self-empowering and the highest value in our lives. "If love is the supreme value, and if we are to know by our experience that love is real in our lives, then experiences with God must be in proportion to the quality of faith-activated love that we demonstrate in our lives", writes Mr. Katzen.
But what about freewill? "Though a proof of God based on logic would undermine freewill, personal experience of God through faith does not necessarily undermine freewill or our ability to know that our love is real". Halbert Katzen concludes, therefore, "By the force of freewill, faith forms the foundation of our relationship to each other and holds the hope of experiencing the love of God".
The Logic of Love is, this reviewer believes, a path to faith for the thinking person. Mr. Katzen presents a foundation of understanding that faith in God is not only a reasonable choice, but a logical outgrowth of love.

This reviewer recommends The Logic of Love to anyone without faith in God, or anyone who is uncertain. Halbert Katzen has given us a bright light that illuminates the path to spirituality through love...in a thoughtful and provocative way!
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