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Irreligion : a mathematician explains why the arguments for God just don't add up

Author: John Allen Paulos
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician Paulos thinks not. Here he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. Interspersed among his twelve counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious themes, ranging from the nature of miracles and creationist  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Allen Paulos
ISBN: 9780809059188 0809059185
OCLC Number: 263984972
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvii, 158 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: [Pt. 1]. Four classical arguments. --
The argument from first cause (and unnecessary intermediaries) --
The argument from design (and some creationist calculations) --
A personally crafted pseudoscience --
The argument from the anthropic principle (and a probabilistic doomsday) --
The ontological argument (and logical abracadabra) --
Self-reference, recursion, and creation --
[pt. 2]. Four subjective arguments. --
The argument from coincidence (and 9/11 oddities) --
The argument from prophecy (and the Bible codes) --
An anecdote on emotional need --
The argument from subjectivity (and faith, emptiness, and self) --
The argument from interventions (and miracles, prayers, and witnesses) --
Remarks on Jesus and other figures --
[pt. 3]. Four psycho-mathematical arguments. --
The argument from redefinition (and incomprehensible complexity) --
The argument from cognitive tendency (and some simple programs) --
My dreamy instant message exchange with God --
The universality argument (and the relevance of morality and mathematics) --
The gambling argument (and emotions from prudence to fear) --
Atheists, agnostics, and "brights."
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Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? This book refutes the twelve arguments that are often put forward for believing in God's existence.  Read more...

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"John Allen Paulos has done us all a great service. ""Irreligion"" is an elegant and timely response to the manifold ignorance that still goes by the name of 'faith' in the 21st century."-- Sam Read more...

 
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