- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (June 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520269071
- ISBN-13: 978-0520269071
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,563,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet Hardcover – June 10, 2013
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*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
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Although the quest has been going on for 2500 years, it has been pursued with renewed intensity over the past 150 years. Schneider spends over half the book on this recent part of the story, with chapters on creation/evolution and intelligent design; the problem of evil; the current renaissance in Christian philosophy; the proofs in light of the big bang, fine-tuning, and the multiverse; and the lively dialogue and debate carried on via mass media and the internet. He sees the participants on all sides of the debate as having much in common, and he concludes that the concept of God is bigger than all of our proof attempts.
There are helpful tables in the back of the book, including a timeline of the provers and brief summaries of the proofs.