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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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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.
From a philosophical standpoint, there are also some notable gaps in his survey of the field. I find it hard to believe that a history of rationalist arguments for the existence of God would not include Berkeley's idealist arguments. More recently, Plantinga's modal ontological arguments (along with many other "proofs") have been skilfully dismantled by Jordan Sobel in Logic and Theism: Arguments for and against Beliefs in God, but this is also absent from his review. In my opinion, Graham Oppy's Arguing about Gods will provide the interested reader with a much more complete recent review of the current state of the field, and Mackie's classic The Miracle of Theism: Arguments For and Against the Existence of Godpresents an accessible evaluation of earlier arguments.
To me, anyway, the point of "proofs" is one of persuasion. Arguments are presented to convince the reader to accept or reject a proposition. Mr.Read more ›
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The book is very well written. My only beef is the price, in paperback, at around $26.00.Published 2 months ago by Deborah
Really enjoyed the combination of historical survey intermingled with autobiography. Thinking about using it for a class I teach in seminary on healthy approaches to philosophy... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pondering Still
This book makes the search for God accessible for people today. Schneider's own journey is one of the themes in the book, but it's an enjoyable review of many of the arguments... Read morePublished 20 months ago by F. P. Desiano
Sigh. Philosophers and theologians work hard on difficult arguments, and then journalists and grad school dropouts come along and simplify to the point of caricature, all the while... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Johannes C
The author does an excellent job of making difficult and abstract concepts accessible. He also weaves in his personal story in an interesting and inspiring way. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Lance Shelton