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The growth of science and a correspondingly scientific way of looking at evidence have for the last three centuries slowly been gaining ground over religious explanations of the cosmos and mankind's place in it. However, not only is secularism now under renewed attack from religious fundamentalism, but it has also been widely claimed that the scientific evidence itself points strongly to a universe deliberately fine-tuned for life to evolve in it. In addition, certain aspects of human life, like consciousness and the ability to recognise the existence of universal moral standards, seem completely resistant to evolutionary explanation. In this book Colin Howson analyses in detail the evidence which is claimed to support belief in God's existence and argues that the claim is not well-founded. Moreover, there is very compelling evidence that an all-powerful, all-knowing God not only does not exist but cannot exist, a conclusion both surprising and provocative.Read more
- Develops a logical framework for discussing how evidence in general bears on theories
- Indicates that the standard theistic notion of God is inconsistent
- Full look at the evidence supporting the existence of God and the problems inherent with it
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"Howson has provided us with an important, and at times challenging, book. Not only does it bring new atheism into the realm of academia proper, but it pushes strongly and unapologetically against the current trend in religious studies within the context of liberal political correctness to treat religious belief with immense delicacy, as unquestionable and above criticism. … His moral argumentation is most compelling: the economy and directness of his discussion of practical consequences of belief in God and of acts committed in His name makes this an exciting and crucial work."
Allison Murphy, Journal of Religion and Culture
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- Date Published: September 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521186650
- length: 232 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.37kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. The trouble with God
2. God unlimited
3. How to reason if you must
4. The well-tempered universe
5. What does it all mean?
6. Moral equilibrium
7. What is life without thee?
8. It necessarily ain't so.
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