The debate over the existence of god is one of the questions that has animated western philosophy for thousands of years. True, it carries a 52 page appendix, also titled 36 arguments for the existence of god, which lists 36 arguments, many of which you may have seen in your intro to philosophy class, then outlines and argues against each. The existence of god by john harwood hick goodreads. Immanuel kant believed that he refuted these arguments by showing that existence is no part of the content of an idea. The existence of god problems of philosophy series. Beside supporting evolution, both cosmic and biological, using verses from the bible and quran.
Recommended books on the existence of god natasha crain. This book provides a detailed, updated exposition and defense of five of the historically most important but in recent years largely neglected philosophical proofs of god s existence. Evidence confirms makes more probable an explanatory hypothesis in so far as 1 given the hypothesis the evidence is to be expected, that is the hypothesis makes the evidence probable, 2 the evidence is not otherwise to be expected, 3 the hypothesis is simple, and 4 it fits with background knowledge i. No other work has made a more powerful case for the probability of the existence of god. Doubting dawkins, philosopher keith ward claims that richard dawkins misstated the five ways, and thus responds with a straw man. Robert spitzers new proofs for the existence of god hereafter npeg presents in rigorous detail, five arguments for the existence of god, a section discussing the plausibility of multiversestring universe scenarios, and some philosophical discussion on methodology. Overall,the book is a clear and razor sharp presentation of a thoughtful approach to the question of the existence of god. Evidence confirms makes more probable an explanatory hypothesis in so far. What is the difference between classical theism and theistic personalism. This is the ultimate book on the evidence for god s existence. In this engaging volume, catholic theologian francois fenelon provides an overview of some of the most compelling arguments for and against the existence of god.
My book above has been a twenty years result of research on science and religion, with the aim to use science and logic to prove the existence of god. Five proofs of the existence of god kindle edition by. It is a wellresearched book that is easy to read and understand. List of books and articles about existence of god online. But despite the suspicion of religious enthusiasm that threads through the book i found myself reading at first with attention and then with joy. The best books on the existence of god ed feser on five. Joseph hinman applied toulmins approach in his argument for the existence of god, particularly in his book the trace of god. He draws on recent scientific disputes over neodarwinism, the implication of big bang. He presents five arguments for the existence of god and then presents the common challenges against those arguments.
The new york times bestselling author of darwins doubt and intelligent design scholar presents groundbreaking scientific evidence of the existence of god, based on breakthroughs in physics, cosmology, and biology. This principle has become very important in contemporary philosophy, particularly in existentialism. Simmons, a christian author, a mentor, and the executive director of the center for executive leadership, has released a new book, reflections on the existence of god. Dna is the scientific evidence for the existence of god. The overall aim of the book is to argue for the claim that the proposition god exists is more probable than not, or, to put it somewhat more. Thus god exists in the understanding, even if not in reality. Lets see how the 23 authors in this book fare when dealing with this topic. The one theology book all atheists really should read news the. The existence of god john hick the principal philosophical arguments on the existence of god are brought together here.
From the ancient greeks and anselm to the presentday and bertrand russell, both sides are represented. What are the various arguments that seek to prove the existence of god. You wouldnt know it from the title, but rebecca goldsteins 36 arguments for the existence of god is a novel. What are the best books arguing against the existence of. In this book, john hicks examines how the belief of god has manifested throughout the ages. If one bothers to read the contents, one will find them far from fuzzy, but clear and precise. The idea is that theology means knowledge about god s existence and nature, and a revealed theology would be knowledge of god s existence and nature that we acquire through some kind of divine revelation through a prophet that god has sent, or through a sacred book that he has inspired. Gods existence scholarly writings reasonable faith. Swinburne gives a rigorous and penetrating analysis of the most important arguments for theism. Arguments why god very probably exists the conversation. Understood in this way, one cant even say that god exists in the sense that my car or mount everest or electrons exist. A complex book looking at the issue of proofs of god s existence very thoroughly. In other words, as i argue in my book, it takes the existence of some kind of a god to make the mathematical underpinnings of the universe.
Is it possible to prove or disprove god s existence. No other work has made a more powerful case for the. Overman clearly sets forth their arguments in a detailed section of his book. Biologist richard dawkins book the god delusion argues against the five ways. The existence of god is a subject of debate in the philosophy of religion and popular culture a wide variety of arguments for and against the existence of god can be categorized as metaphysical, logical, empirical, or subjective. God is conceived as a being than which none greater can be thought, and even the nonbeliever can grasp that idea. In philosophical terms, the question of the existence of god involves the disciplines of epistemology the nature and scope of knowledge and ontology study of the.
Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. What is the best argument against there being a god. Moral arguments for god s existence form a diverse family of arguments that reason from some feature of morality or the moral life to the existence of god, usually. Five proofs of the existence of god kindle edition by feser, edward. Author richard simmons ponders the existence of god in new. This book is a series of short essays seeking to answer lifes most enduring question.
Richard swinburne presents a substantially rewritten and updated edition of his most celebrated book. Meyer, one of the preeminent scientists studying the origins of life, ignited a firestorm of media and scientific controversy when a biology. I want you to imagine that you walk into a bookstore and you pick up a book that you find interesting. In that case, perhaps we should all be studying some of the religious experiences claimed by some people with a view to making up our own minds. Arguments for the existence of god have taken many different forms over the centuries. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading five proofs of the existence of god. The existence of god clarendon paperbacks richard swinburne on. The consensus among theologians is that the existence of god must in some way be accepted on faith. Science can never prove or disprove the existence of god, but if we use our beliefs as an excuse to draw conclusions that scientifically, were not. Essentially, swinburne examines the probability of gods existence. Richard swinburne presents a substantially rewritten and updat. In this work, swinburne attempts to construct a series of inductive arguments for the existence of god. The author rightly rejects a priori deductive proofs of god s existence and non existence as necessarily flawed, and thus the ontological proofs, the 5 ways etc.
In other words, swinburne does not make extravagant claims that he has proved the existence of god but he does claim that he has shown god s existence to be more probable than not. The existence of god and the beginning of the universe the kalam cosmological argument, by showing that the universe began to exist, demonstrates that the world is not a necessary being and, therefore, not selfexplanatory with respect to its existence. And by divinity, i mean study of the monotheistic god. This book seeks to determine which of these beliefs is true and which. Stephen hawking, in his final book, argues theres no possibility of god existing because time didnt exist before the big bang. The best books on the existence of god ed feser on five books. You open up the book and you read the first sentence. The existence of god by richard swinburne goodreads. This book assesses the worth of arguments for and against the existence of god. Swinburne gives a rigorous and penetrating analysis of. God s crime scene brilliantly lays out the case for god s existence based on cumulative evidence from the origin of the universe, the finetuning of the universe, the origin of life, the design of life, our experience of consciousness, free will, and morality.586 588 526 458 312 360 762 1415 458 694 569 1217 1270 1432 1278 629 627 384 99 1089 12 1202 160 430 1366 80 970 1192 975 836 1322 952 1324 891