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God in proof : the story of a search, from the ancients to the Internet

Author: Nathan Schneider
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2013.
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"In this tour of the history of arguments for and against the existence of God, Nathan Schneider embarks on a remarkable intellectual, historical, and theological journey through the centuries of believers and unbelievers--from ancient Greeks, to medieval Arabs, to today's most eminent philosophers and the New Atheists. Framed by an account of Schneider's own unique journey, God in Proof illuminates the great minds  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathan Schneider
ISBN: 9780520269071 0520269071
OCLC Number: 812530944
Description: xii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Sketches of Babel --
First causes: ancient times and reasonable measures --
Island: Muslims and Jews make proof safe for Revelation --
Grammars of assent: a monk and a friar restore proofs to Christendom --
On certainty: early modernity turns a familiar proof inside out and upside down --
Coming of age: enlightenment, from the all-destroyer to an absolute idea --
Grandeur in this view of life: a couple of rocky centuries for the argument from design --
Deaths of God: absence, progress, and evil in the twentieth century?s ruins --
Dead yet: theism makes a comeback in philosophy --
God, hypothesis: proof sneaks into the latest science --
Proof industry: old proofs turn into movements, then go viral on the Internet --
God, alone.
Responsibility: Nathan Schneider.

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"In this tour of the history of arguments for and against the existence of God, Nathan Schneider embarks on a remarkable intellectual, historical, and theological journey through the centuries of believers and unbelievers--from ancient Greeks, to medieval Arabs, to today's most eminent philosophers and the New Atheists. Framed by an account of Schneider's own unique journey, God in Proof illuminates the great minds who wrestled with one of history's biggest questions together with their arguments, bringing them to life in their time, and our own. Schneider's sure-handed portrayal of the characters and ideas involved in the search for proof challenges how we normally think about doubt and faith while showing that, in their quest for certainty and the proofs to declare it, thinkers on either side of the God divide are often closer to one another than they would like to think."--

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"As journalist Nathan Schneider aptly observes in 'God in Proof, ' proofs about God can be a very preachy genre. . . . Schneider explores them as cultural artifacts, with value regardless of how one Read more...

 
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