There is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. Militant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of missionaries and find an eager audience. Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong shows that meaning of words such as 'belief', 'faith', and 'mystery' has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God - and, indeed, reason itself - in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing. Does God have a future? Karen Armstrong examines how we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarised world.
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In the first Jewish process theology, Kaufman details a rabbi's quest for a faith he could live with both spiritually and intellectually.
Religion faces a serious problem. The problem is that religion, whether conservative or liberal, Eastern or Western, ancient or modern, stands in opposition to the expert consensus in science, philosophy, and history. Religion Refuted is your guide as you - Examine the philosophical arguments for and against God in uncommon depth. - Explore how the human brain works to provide the foundations of reason and morality. - Embark on a fascinating tour of our universe and an ominous preview of its fate. - Journey back to the early days of Christianity in search of the historical Jesus. The author escorts you on this journey with competence, dry humor, and a deep passion for the truth. You'll understand the issues like never before. And you'll have fun.
Leading thinkers in Christian philosophy and apologetics take on the problem of evil and suffering. Essays from Gregory Ganssle, Yena Lee, Bruce Little, Garry DeWeese, R. Douglas Geivett and others provide critical engagement with the New Atheists and offer grounds for renewed confidence in the God who is "acquainted with grief."
Argues that scientific evidence points to a Master Designer behind the creation of the universe.
Can modern intellectuals believe in miracles? Editors R. Douglas Geivett and Gary R. Habermas provide a collection of essays to refute objections to the miraculous and set forth the positive case for God's action in history.
Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. The epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism—a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned 'the One God' to suit the social and political needs of their followers. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic. Praise for History of God “An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers.”—The Washington Post Book World “A brilliantly lucid, spendidly readable book. [Karen] Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying.”—The Sunday Times (London) “Absorbing . . . A lode of learning.”—Time “The most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history—the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius.”—A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life
Johanna van Wijk-Bos examines alternatives to the dominant male language associated with God in the Bible. Focusing primarily on the Hebrew Bible.
Toby Baxendale is a lay Christian writing here for those who, like himself, regard themselves as rational people when it comes to considering what they believe: thinking, enquiring people who love a reasoned argument, who value evidence as they grapple for ways of substantiating their beliefs, whatever these may be; people who do not accept that the naturalistic, reductionist, scientific community deserves the last word when it comes to assessing whether or not there is a God. Robust evidence is summoned from philosophy, science and history in order to support the case for God. It may come as a surprise to learn here that reason itself springs forth from faith, ultimately, so that not to take faith seriously must be an intellectual blunder, it is argued, in a book which aims to challenge the current secular worldview and provide a thoroughly reasoned ground for faith, and the existence of God.
In his #1 best-seller The Case for Christ, legally trained investigative reporter Lee Strobel examined the claims of Christ, reaching the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God's unique son. But despite the compelling historical evidence that Strobel presented, many people grapple with serious concerns about faith in God. As in a court of law, they want to shout, "Objection!" They say, "If God is love, then what about all the suffering in our world?" Or, "If Jesus is the door to heaven, then what about the millions who have never heard of him?" Or, "If God cares for everyone, then why does he eternally torture some in hell?"In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his tenacious investigative skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief--the eight "heart" barriers to faith. The Case for Faith is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with formidable intellectual barriers standing squarely in their path. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends.
George H. Smith sets out to demolish what he considers the most widespread and destructive of all the myths devised by human beings - the concept of a supreme being. With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, Mr. Smith examines, dissects, and refutes the myriad "proofs" offered by theists - sophisticated, professional theologians - as well as the average religious layman. He explores the historical and psychological havoc wrought by religion in general and concludes that religious belief cannot have any place in the life of modern, rational man. "It is not my purpose to convert people to atheism . . . (but to) demonstrate that the belief in God is irrational to the point of absurdity. If a person wishes to continue believing in a god, that is his prerogative, but he can no longer excuse his belief in the name of reason and moral necessity."
This text defends a special focus on Jesus in theistic faith, whilst denying his divinity. Having limited the genuine choice in Christology to orthodoxy or unitarianism, it argues first for the prior improbability of an incarnation, examining and dismissing possible justifications.
Churchgoing may be falling in the Western world but intellectually at least, Christianity is experiencing something of a re-birth. In this text the author lays out, in layman's terms, the primary arguments for the existence and nature of God. He considers the problem of evil, and then sets out the various positive arguments, in favour of God's existence: the Moral argument; the Cosmological argument; the argument from design; and then more personal arguments such as Common Consent, Authority and Religious Experience. He concludes by providing a summaryof the kind of God to whom these arguments point.
In The Case for a Creator---Student Edition, best-selling author and former atheist Lee Strobel and popular writer Jane Vogel take younger readers on a remarkable investigation into the origin of the universe, interviewing many of the world's most renown scientists and following the evidence wherever it leads. Their findings---presented in the third blockbuster 'Case' book student edition---offer the most compelling scientific proof ever for intelligent design. Perfect for youth groups and young people eager to rebut the Darwinian and naturalistic views taught so commonly in schools.
There has been a bad-tempered quarrel between defenders and critics of religion in recent years. Both sides have expressed themselves acerbically because there is a very great deal at stake in the debate. This book thoroughly and calmly examines all the arguments and associated considerations offered in support of religious belief, and does so in full consciousness of the reasons people have for subscribing to religion, and the needs they seek to satisfy by doing so. And because it takes account of all the issues, its solutions carry great weight. The God Argument is the definitive examination of the issue, and a statement of the humanist outlook that recommends itself as the ethics of the genuinely reflective person.
Two leading biblical scholars and bestselling authors offer a fresh approach to the question of the unity of the whole Bible. This book shows that God's desire to be with his people is a thread running from Genesis through Revelation. Duvall and Hays make the case that God's relational presence is central to the Bible's grand narrative. It is the cohesive center that drives the whole biblical story and ties together other important biblical themes, such as covenant, kingdom, glory, and salvation history.
Many people think there is nothing logical about God because God requires faith, whereas logic requires strict principles of validity. Remarkably, both statements are true. It does require faith to believe in God and logic does require strict principles of validity which do not lend themselves well to making the case for the existence of the kind of God we have been told to believe in. That god requires a huge leap of faith and makes a mockery of strict principles of validity. However, there is one tiny problem with the god we have been told to believe in. He does not exist. The god we have been told to believe in is not the God the Bible's Old Testament prophets describe, nor is he the God Jesus very clearly discusses in his teachings. That is the only God I know and have faith in and that is the God for which I make the logical case in this book based on science, Jesus and the Bible. I am able to make the logical case for God because God is the label we have given to a universal consciousness of creation that relies on logical principles and rules in order to create. The fields of math and science have and are revealing these universal laws of nature to us and although we may not consciously be aware of it, we use them daily in creating patterns of thought that either promote our health and well-being or destroy it. What I discovered is that we can never really know the true (what the Bible refers to as our consciousness of good) without likewise knowing the false (what the Bible refers to as our consciousness of evil). Together, they comprise our consciousness of good and evil. Given the state of our present human consciousness, it seems like we have to directly experience the very palpable results of human evil before we our able to ascertain the divinity of our human nature. I know for a fact that I would have continued stumbling through my life deprived of the truth about good and evil if my eyes has not been forcibly opened by a group of workplace colleagues