- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Hackett Pub Co (October 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0872203433
- ISBN-13: 978-0872203433
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Does God Exist?: A Dialogue
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Now there have been lots of specific arguments (some pro, some con) over the years regarding the existance of God. Some are historical and some are still commonly used by most atheists and theists. What this book does is go through these old arguments (and old counter-arguments) and show their flaws, challenging them well. Whether "God" is defined as the creator of the universe, or the controller of all human's fate, or a performer of miracles, an omnipotent being...these points and more are addressed.
Then it offers some refreshingly different thoughts on this classic question, and not necessarily all in the form of more pro/con arguments.
Again, this book is not biased to atheism nor theism (nor even agnosticism). I see both atheists and theists who usually fall back on the same trite arguments to justify their beliefs. This book gets you to THINK, no matter where you stand, and might even strengthen those beliefs you already have. And all in a rather slim book.
And then goes beyond the actual arguments to the existential dimension of religion. Here is a quote at the very ending of the book I especially liked: "I think our free assent to God's existence is somehow important, maybe because it strengthens us in some way. It takes more determination and courage to believe in God than it does to believe in, say, the rings of Saturn."
I can't imagine a better first introduction to philosophy of religion. Oh, actually I can. The book was published back in 1996. The argument from consciousness was a rather speculative one then, but is much better developed today. The argument from morality needs to find a place in the book too. It would be delightful to see Oscar, David, and Sophie discuss Plantinga's EAAN. Finally, perhaps it should be pointed out that theism is not so much the claim that beside many other things God also exists, but rather a claim about the very nature of existence. Anyway, a second edition of the book is sorely needed. Please.
"...No one is suggesting that you throw away the tools of critical reasoning. But we have spent some time talking about the arguments for God's existence. We haven't proved that he exists, but we have learned why the arguments are at least plausible to those who are inclined by their personal religious experince to believe in God. We also have shown that belief in God isn't bizarre or delusional. We come back to tolerance again. If God can give us the space to form a rational belief in him without compulsion, maybe we can learn to do the same toward each other."
Other books of interest may include: The Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dostoyevsky, C.S.Lewis's A Grief Observed and Miracles (anything by him is enlightening), Philosophy of Religion ed. Brian Davies, The Psalms, and The Othodox Way by Bishop Kallistos.
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The book arrived in a good amount of time and was in good condition. The book is very thin, not very long. Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by CK
I agree with those who have reviewed this book positively. In a short book (91 pages of trialogue) Moody covers the basics in an engaging manner. Read morePublished on April 11, 2004 by matt