The God Problem

How a Godless Cosmos Creates

Author: Howard Bloom

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1633881431

Category: Religion

Page: 708

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How does the cosmos do something it has long been thought that only gods could achieve? How does an inanimate universe generate stunning new forms and unbelievable new powers without a Creator? How does the cosmos create? That’s the central question of a book that in its original edition was called profound, extraordinary, provocative, mind-bending, and daring. Author Howard Bloom takes you on a scientific expedition into the secret heart of a cosmos you’ve never seen. Not just any cosmos. An electrifyingly inventive cosmos. An obsessive-compulsive cosmos. A driven, ambitious cosmos. A cosmos of colossal shocks. A cosmos of screaming, stunning surprise. A cosmos that breaks five of science’s most sacred laws. Yes, five. At the end of this intellectual thrill-ride is a whole new theory of the beginning, middle, and end of the universe—the Bloom toroidal model, also known as the big bagel theory—which explains two of the biggest mysteries in physics: dark energy and why, if antimatter and matter are created in equal amounts, there is so little antimatter in this universe. Called “truly awesome” by Nobel Prize–winner Dudley Herschbach, this paperback edition of The God Problem will pull you in with the irresistible attraction of a black hole and spit you out again enlightened with the force of a big bang. Be prepared to have your mind blown. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The God Problem

Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable

Author: Robert Wuthnow

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520274288

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

View: 4837

"The message of this book is that we can learn something important about faith by listening closely to the language people use in talking about their faith"--Preface.
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God's Problem

How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer

Author: Bart D. Ehrman

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061744402

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 2433

One Bible, Many Answers In God's Problem, the New York Times bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus challenges the contradictory biblical explanations for why an all-powerful God allows us to suffer.
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God the Problem

Author: Gordon D. Kaufman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674355262

Category: Religion

Page: 276

View: 9122

The most discussed and most significant issue on the religious scene today is whether it is possible, or even desirable, to believe in God. Mr. Kaufman's valuable study does not offer a doctrine of God, but instead explores why God is a problem for many moderns, the dimensions of that problem, and the inner logic of the notion of God as it has developed in Western culture. His object is to determine the function or significance of talk about God: how the concept of God is generated in human experience; the special problems in turn generated by this concept (for example, the intelligibility of the idea of transcendence, the problem of theodicy) and how they are met; and under what circumstances the idea of God is credible or important or even indispensable. He does not try to prove God's existence or nonexistence, but elucidates what the concept of God means and the important human needs it fulfills. Four of the eleven essays have been previously published, at least in part; seven are completely new.
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The Problem with God

Why Atheists, True Believers, and Even Agnostics Must All Be Wrong

Author: Peter Steinberger

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231535201

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 480

Whether people praise, worship, criticize, or reject God, they all presuppose at least a rough notion of what it means to talk about God. Turning the certainty of this assumption on its head, a respected educator and humanist shows that when we talk about God, we are in fact talking about nothing at all—there is literally no such idea—and so all of the arguments we hear from atheists, true believers, and agnostics are and will always be empty and self-defeating. Peter J. Steinberger's commonsense account is by no means disheartening or upsetting, leaving readers without anything meaningful to hold on to. To the contrary, he demonstrates how impossible it is for the common world of ordinary experience to be all there is. With patience, clarity, and good humor, Steinberger helps readers think critically and constructively about various presuppositions and modes of being in the world. By coming to grips with our own deep-seated beliefs, we can understand how traditional ways asserting, denying, or even just wondering about God's existence prevent us from seeing the truth—which, it turns out, is far more interesting and encouraging than anyone would have thought.
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The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil

Author: Brian Davies

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441138706

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 6442

An important new book on how we can still believe in a God of love and confront the problem of evil in the world. Probably the most important book on the subject since John Hick's book `Evil and the God of Love`. &; Evil is a strong word that people now employ fairly rarely. Many people believe these days that God is omnipotent,omniscient and good and that what we deem to be bad or evil in the world is no reason for abandoning belief in God. It is an intellectual or theoretical problem not one where the focus is on how one might bring about some desirable goal ( a practical matter). &; Professor Davies says we should tackle this problem by attending to the basics, by asking whether there is a God and then What is God? he starts by summarizing the arguments so far (from Seneca to the present day). He then moves to what he describes as the basics (see above) and demonstrates that much of what has been written about on the topic of evil is in fact irrelevant or just plain wrong. &; Finally, though many theologians argue that evil is a mystery, Davies argues that this too is wrong and a cop out. We should rather be concerned with the problem (or mystery) of good. The real issue is ` Why is there not more good than there is`. From the discussion Aquinas emerges as a hero (as filtered through analytical philosophy) but many moderns thinkers do not emerge so well. Davies effectively picks holes int e arguments of Peter Geach, Paul Helm, Richard Swinburne and even Mary Baker Eddy. &; This is a lively book on a tricky subject, written at all times with humour and much practical example.
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Solving the God Problem

John for Today

Author: Brian K. Smith

Publisher: Kereru Publishing Limited

ISBN: 0473322552

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 6133

Solving the God Problem is a commentary on the gospel of John, designed for those with little or no Biblical background. The vocabulary Brian uses is that of everyday English. Technical terms and phrases have been avoided. The sentence structure is simple rather than complex, thus making for ease of reading and understanding. The overall style is conversational. All imagery and illustration by way of commentary comes from present day culture. Former theological students of Brian, may remember this in its original form "Xerox Equation". Andrew Gamman and Caroline Bindon of Kereru Publishing have both used the commentary in various ministry settings and are excited to publish it and make it available for wide use. While those who are involved in ministry will find it useful, it is also easily accessible for Christians of every stage of faith and explains profoundly and simply the Good News.
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God, Freedom, and Evil

Author: Alvin Plantinga

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802817310

Category: Religion

Page: 112

View: 701

In his discussion of natural theology (arguments to prove the existence of God) and natural atheology (arguments for the falsehood of theistic belief) Plantinga focuses on two of the traditional arguments: the ontological argument as an example of natural theology, and the problem of evil as the most important representative of natural atheology. Accessible to serious general readers.
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Journey Back to God

Origen on the Problem of Evil

Author: Mark S.M. Scott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199841144

Category: Religion

Page: 228

View: 5842

Journey Back to God explores Origen of Alexandria's creative, complex, and controversial treatment of the problem of evil. It argues that his layered cosmology functions as a theodicy that explains unjust suffering and shows how that theodicy hinges on the journey of the soul back to God.
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The Problem of God

Answering a Skeptic's Challenges to Christianity

Author: Mark Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780310535225

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 4734

The Problem of God grapples honestly and winningly with the top ten challenges and critiques leveled against contemporary Christianity, revealing why belief in God and the Christian faith is the most rational and compelling belief system in the face of modern skepticism.
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Is God to Blame?

Beyond Pat Answers to the Problem of Suffering

Author: Gregory A. Boyd

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830823949

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 211

View: 1468

A pastoral theologian challenges traditional assumptions about God and suffering, arguing that God's glory is revealed not as compelling power but as sacrificial love.
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Wandering in Darkness

Narrative and the Problem of Suffering

Author: Eleonore Stump

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199277427

Category: Philosophy

Page: 668

View: 1234

Virtually no one would deny the extent and intensity of suffering in the world. Can one also consistently hold that there is an omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good God? This book argues that the difficult questions raised by the problem of suffering can be considered best in the context of biblical narratives.
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The God Delusion

Author: Richard Dawkins

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1784161926

Category: Atheism

Page: 496

View: 9452

The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.
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The Lucifer Principle

A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History

Author: Howard Bloom

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802192181

Category: Philosophy

Page: 466

View: 2359

The Lucifer Priciple is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships among genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that “evil” is a by-product of nature’s strategies for creation and that it is woven into our most basic biological fabric. In a sweeping narrative that moves lucidly among sophisticated scientific disciplines and covers the entire span of the earth’s, as well as mankind’s, history, Howard Bloom challenges some of our most popular scientific assumptions. Drawing on evidence from studies of the most primitive organisms to those on ants, apes, and humankind, the author makes a persuasive case that it is the group, or “superorganism,” rather than the lone individual that really matters in the evolutionary struggle. But, Bloom asserts, the prominence of society and culture does not necessarily mitigate against our most violent, aggressive instincts. In fact, under the right circumstances the mentality of the group will only amplify our most primitive and deadly urges. In Bloom’s most daring contention he draws an analogy between the biological material whose primordial multiplication began life on earth and the ideas, or “memes,” that define, give cohesion to, and justify human superorganisms. Some of the most familiar memes are utopian in nature—Christianity or Marxism; nonetheless, these are fueled by the biological impulse to climb to the top of the heirarchy. With the meme’s insatiable hunger to enlarge itself, we have a precise prescription for war. Biology is not destiny; but human culture is not always the buffer to our most primitive instincts we would like to think it is. In these complex threads of thought lies the Lucifer Principle, and only through understanding its mandates will we able to avoid the nuclear crusades that await us in the twenty-first century.
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God at War

The Bible & Spiritual Conflict

Author: Gregory A. Boyd

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830818853

Category: Religion

Page: 414

View: 7760

Discusses the problem of evil, the Bible narrative, and the teachings of Jesus in the light of the age old conflict between God and the Devil.
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Defending God

Biblical Responses to the Problem of Evil

Author: James L. Crenshaw

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198032083

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 2444

In the ancient Near East, when the gods detected gross impropriety in their ranks, they subjected their own to trial. When mortals suspect their gods of wrongdoing, do they have the right to put them on trial? What lies behind the human endeavor to impose moral standards of behavior on the gods? Is this effort an act of arrogance, as Kant suggested, or a means of keeping theological discourse honest? It is this question James Crenshaw seeks to address in this wide-ranging study of ancient theodicies. Crenshaw has been writing about and pondering the issue of theodicy - the human effort to justify the ways of the gods or God - for many years. In this volume he presents a synthesis of his ideas on this perennially thorny issue. The result sheds new light on the history of the human struggle with this intractable problem.
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God is Not Your Problem

Author: Billy Joe Daugherty

Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers

ISBN: 0768423473

Category: Religion

Page: 142

View: 1115

Demonstrates that God is a loving Father who has a beautiful plan for your life.
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Godforsaken

Bad Things Happen. Is there a God who cares? Yes. Here’s proof.

Author: Dinesh D'Souza

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1414351623

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 9304

Examines the issue of human suffering and explores why a good God allows it.
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God in the Age of Science?

A Critique of Religious Reason

Author: Herman Philipse

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199697531

Category: Philosophy

Page: 372

View: 7213

Herman Philipse puts forward a powerful new critique of belief in God. He examines the strategies that have been used for the philosophical defence of religious belief, and by careful reasoning casts doubt on the legitimacy of relying on faith instead of evidence, and on probabilistic arguments for the existence of God.
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God Is Not Great

Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857897152

Category: Religion

Page: 300

View: 1910

In god is Not Great Hitchens turned his formidable eloquence and rhetorical energy to the most controversial issue in the world: God and religion. The result is a devastating critique of religious faith god Is Not Great is the ultimate case against religion. In a series of acute readings of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens demonstrates the ways in which religion is man-made, dangerously sexually repressive and distorts the very origins of the cosmos. Above all, Hitchens argues that the concept of an omniscient God has profoundly damaged humanity, and proposes that the world might be a great deal better off without 'him'.
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