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How to think about God : a guide for the 20th-century pagan

Author: Mortimer Jerome Adler
Publisher: New York : Macmillan, ©1980.
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Dr. Adler, in his discussion, extends and modernizes the argument for the existence of God developed by Aristotle and Aquinas. Without relying on faith, mysticism, or science (none of which, according to Dr. Adler, can prove or disprove the existence of God), he uses a rationalist argument to lead the reader to a point where he or she can see that the existence of God is not necessarily dependent upon a suspension  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Adler, Mortimer Jerome, 1902-2001.
How to think about God.
New York : Macmillan, ©1980
(OCoLC)643727440
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mortimer Jerome Adler
ISBN: 0025005405 9780025005402
OCLC Number: 5751170
Description: x, 175 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part one, prologue: about this book and its author --
1. For whom this book is intended --
2. What readers can expect from this book --
3. What readers should know about the author --
Part two: errors to be avoided --
4. World without beginning or end --
5. No first cause --
Part three: setting the stage --
6. The uniqueness of the word "God" --
7. Why we must substitute a definite description for "God" --
8. How to formulate a definite description of God: first step --
9. How to formulate a definite description of God: second step --
10. On inferring existence --
11. On inferring God's existence --
Part four: why the best traditional argument fails --
12. The best traditional argument --
13. The faulty premise --
Part five: from the cosmos to God --
14. A truly cosmological argument --
15. One remaining question --
16. How credible is the conclusion we have reached? --
Part six, epilogue: the chasm and the bridge --
17. To the chasm's edge --
18. Bridging the chasm --
19. What lies ahead for the reader.
Responsibility: Mortimer J. Adler.

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Dr. Adler, in his discussion, extends and modernizes the argument for the existence of God developed by Aristotle and Aquinas. Without relying on faith, mysticism, or science (none of which, according to Dr. Adler, can prove or disprove the existence of God), he uses a rationalist argument to lead the reader to a point where he or she can see that the existence of God is not necessarily dependent upon a suspension of disbelief. Dr. Adler provides a nondogmatic exposition of the principles behind the belief that God, or some other supernatural cause, has to exist in some form. Through concise and lucid arguments, Dr. Adler shapes a highly emotional and often erratic conception of God into a credible and understandable concept for the lay person. -- Publisher's description.

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