The Case for God

The Case for God
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2009-09-22
ISBN 10: 0307272923
ISBN 13: 9780307272928
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Case for God Book Review:

A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time, when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. Why has God become unbelievable? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors? Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level. Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason; that, she says, is the role of logos. The task of religion is “to help us live creatively, peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations.” She emphasizes, too, that religion will not work automatically. It is, she says, a practical discipline: its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from “dedicated intellectual endeavor” and a “compassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood.”

The Case for God

The Case for God
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2009-09-22
ISBN 10: 0307372952
ISBN 13: 9780307372956
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Case for God Book Review:

From the bestselling author of A History of God and The Great Transformation comes a balanced, nuanced understanding of the role religion plays in human life and the trajectory of faith in modern times. Why has God become incredible? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors? Moving from the Paleolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the lengths to which humankind has gone to experience a sacred reality that it called God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. She examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. With her trademark depth of knowledge and profound insight, Armstrong elucidates how the changing world has necessarily altered the importance of religion at both societal and individual levels. And she makes a powerful, convincing argument for structuring a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.

The Case for God

The Case for God
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2011-05-31
ISBN 10: 1409058336
ISBN 13: 9781409058335
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Case for God Book Review:

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.

The Great Transformation

The Great Transformation
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2009-02-24
ISBN 10: 0307371433
ISBN 13: 9780307371430
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Transformation Book Review:

From one of the world’s leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the bestselling A History of God, The Battle for God and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time. In one astonishing, short period – the ninth century BCE – the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity into the present day: Confucianism and Daoism in China; Hinduism and Buddhism in India; monotheism in Israel; and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Historians call this the Axial Age because of its central importance to humanity’s spiritual development. Now, Karen Armstrong traces the rise and development of this transformative moment in history, examining the brilliant contributions to these traditions made by such figures as the Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Ezekiel. Armstrong makes clear that despite some differences of emphasis, there was remarkable consensus among these religions and philosophies: each insisted on the primacy of compassion over hatred and violence. She illuminates what this “family” resemblance reveals about the religious impulse and quest of humankind. And she goes beyond spiritual archaeology, delving into the ways in which these Axial Age beliefs can present an instructive and thought-provoking challenge to the ways we think about and practice religion today. A revelation of humankind’s early shared imperatives, yearnings and inspired solutions – as salutary as it is fascinating. Excerpt from The Great Transformation: In our global world, we can no longer afford a parochial or exclusive vision. We must learn to live and behave as though people in remote parts of the globe were as important as ourselves. The sages of the Axial Age did not create their compassionate ethic in idyllic circumstances. Each tradition developed in societies like our own that were torn apart by violence and warfare as never before; indeed, the first catalyst of religious change was usually a visceral rejection of the aggression that the sages witnessed all around them. . . . All the great traditions that were created at this time are in agreement about the supreme importance of charity and benevolence, and this tells us something important about our humanity.

Atheism

Atheism
Author: George H. Smith
Publsiher: Prometheus Books
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2010-11-02
ISBN 10: 1615929959
ISBN 13: 9781615929955
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheism Book Review:

"Does a god exist? This question has undoubtedly been asked, in one form or another, since man has had the ability to communicate. . . Thousands of volumes have been written on the subject of a god, and the vast majority have answered the questions with a resounding 'Yes!' " "You are about to read a minority viewpoint." With this intriguing introduction, George H. Smith sets out to demolish what he considers the most widespread and destructive of all the myths devised by man - the concept of a supreme being. With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, Mr. Smith examines, dissects, and refutes the myriad "proofs" offered by theists - the defenses of 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."

Religion Refuted

Religion Refuted
Author: Daniel Chaney
Publsiher: C. H. Press
Total Pages: 470
Release: 2018-01-10
ISBN 10: 9780692056882
ISBN 13: 0692056882
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion Refuted Book Review:

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.

Answering Atheism

Answering Atheism
Author: Trent Horn
Publsiher: Catholic Answers
Total Pages: 335
Release: 2013-09-01
ISBN 10: 9781938983436
ISBN 13: 1938983432
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Answering Atheism Book Review:

Today's New Atheists don't just deny God's existence (as the old atheists did) - they consider it their duty to scorn and ridicule religious belief. We don't need new answers for this aggressive modern strain of unbelief: We need a new approach. In Answering Atheism, Trent Horn responds with a fresh and useful resource for the God debate, based on reason, common sense, and more importantly, a charitable approach that respects atheists' sincerity and good will, making this book suitable not just for believers but for skeptics and seekers too. Meticulously researched, and street-tested in Horn's work as a pro-God apologist, it tackles all the major issues of the debate, including: -Reconciling human evil and suffering with the existence of a loving, all-powerful God -Whether the empirical sciences have eliminated the need for God, or in fact point to him -How atheists usually deny moral laws (and thus a moral lawgiver) in theory

A History of God

A History of God
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Total Pages: 496
Release: 1994
ISBN 10: 0345384563
ISBN 13: 9780345384560
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of God Book Review:

The 4,000-year quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

A Case for the Existence of God

A Case for the Existence of God
Author: Dean L. Overman
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2008-10-17
ISBN 10: 074256553X
ISBN 13: 9780742565531
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Case for the Existence of God Book Review:

Some of the brightest scientific minds of our time, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, have made incredible insights into the earliest origins of the universe, but have failed to ultimately discover why there is something rather than nothing—why we exist. In A Case for the Existence of God, Dean L. Overman examines the latest theories about the origins of the universe and explains why even the most sophisticated science can only take us so far. Ultimately we must make a leap of faith to understand the world, and Overman argues that a leap into theism provides the most satisfying conclusions. Overman explores fundamental questions about why our world exists and how it functions, using principles of logic, physics, and theology. In a time when religion and science are often portrayed as diametrically opposed, A Case for the Existence of God presents a refreshing view of the interplay between science and religion and makes a compelling case for the existence of God and his role in our world.

God Is Not Great

God Is Not Great
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2008-11-19
ISBN 10: 1551991764
ISBN 13: 9781551991764
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God Is Not Great Book Review:

Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

The Battle for God

The Battle for God
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2011-08-10
ISBN 10: 0307798607
ISBN 13: 9780307798602
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Battle for God Book Review:

In the late twentieth century, fundamentalism has emerged as one of the most powerful forces at work in the world, contesting the dominance of modern secular values and threatening peace and harmony around the globe. Yet it remains incomprehensible to a large number of people. In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong brilliantly and sympathetically shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish. We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life -- often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion. People could no longer think about or experience the divine in the same way; they had to develop new forms of faith to fit their new circumstances. Armstrong characterizes fundamentalism as one of these new ways of being religious that have emerged in every major faith tradition. Focusing on Protestant fundamentalism in the United States, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, and Muslim fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran, she examines the ways in which these movements, while not monolithic, have each sprung from a dread of modernity -- often in response to assault (sometimes unwitting, sometimes intentional) by the mainstream society. Armstrong sees fundamentalist groups as complex, innovative, and modern -- rather than as throwbacks to the past -- but contends that they have failed in religious terms. Maintaining that fundamentalism often exists in symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each impelling the other on to greater excess, she suggests compassion as a way to defuse what is now an intensifying conflict. BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.

The God Argument

The God Argument
Author: A. C. Grayling
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-03-14
ISBN 10: 1408837420
ISBN 13: 9781408837429
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The God Argument Book Review:

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.

The Reason for God

The Reason for God
Author: Timothy Keller
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2008-02-14
ISBN 10: 1101217650
ISBN 13: 9781101217658
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Reason for God Book Review:

A New York Times bestseller people can believe in—by "a pioneer of the new urban Christians" (Christianity Today) and the "C.S. Lewis for the 21st century" (Newsweek). Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about religion. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand their ground against the backlash to religion created by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics, he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.

God and Evil

God and Evil
Author: Chad Meister,James K. Dew Jr.
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2012-11-14
ISBN 10: 9780830866465
ISBN 13: 0830866469
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God and Evil Book Review:

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."

The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ
Author: Lee Strobel
Publsiher: Zondervan
Total Pages: 303
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 0310226465
ISBN 13: 9780310226468
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Case for Christ Book Review:

A former reporter for The Chicago Tribune and former atheist presents a tough-minded investigation of Christian beliefs, interviewing today's scientists, historians, and philosophers to gather compelling evidence for the truth about Jesus. Simultaneous.

The God Delusion 10th Anniversary Edition

The God Delusion  10th Anniversary Edition
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2016-05-19
ISBN 10: 1784161934
ISBN 13: 9781784161934
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The God Delusion 10th Anniversary Edition Book Review:

The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

God vs Gay

God vs  Gay
Author: Jay Michaelson
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2011-10-25
ISBN 10: 0807001600
ISBN 13: 9780807001608
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God vs Gay Book Review:

Does the Bible prohibit homosexuality? No, says Bible scholar and activist Jay Michaelson. But not only that: Michaelson also shows that the vast majority of our shared religious traditions support the full equality and dignity of LGBT people. In this accessible, passionate, and provocative book, Michaelson argues for equality, not despite religion but because of it. From the Hardcover edition.

God in Us

God in Us
Author: Anthony Freeman
Publsiher: Andrews UK Limited
Total Pages: 95
Release: 2015-10-28
ISBN 10: 1845407180
ISBN 13: 9781845407186
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God in Us Book Review:

God In Us is a radical representation of the Christian faith for the 21st century. Following the example of the Old Testament prophets and the first-century Christians it overturns received ideas about God. God is not an invisible person 'out there' somewhere, but lives in the human heart and mind as 'the sum of all our values and ideals' guiding and inspiring our lives. This new updated edition includes a foreword by Bishop John Shelby Spong and an afterword from the author.

A Lawyer s Case for God

A Lawyer s Case for God
Author: Jim Jacob
Publsiher: Messianic Jewish Publisher
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2009-04-01
ISBN 10: 9780615254821
ISBN 13: 0615254829
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Lawyer s Case for God Book Review:

The Case for a Creator

The Case for a Creator
Author: Lee Strobel
Publsiher: Zondervan
Total Pages: 341
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 0310240506
ISBN 13: 9780310240501
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Case for a Creator Book Review:

Supports the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed with discoveries from cosmology, cellular biology, DNA research, astronomy, physics, and human consciousness. Original.