The God Problem

The God Problem

Author: Robert Wuthnow

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520274280

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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"The message of this book is that we can learn something important about faith by listening closely to the language people use in talking about their faith" -- Preface

The God Problem

The God Problem

Author: Howard Bloom

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 9781616145521

Category: Religion

Page: 555

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God’s war crimes, Aristotle’s sneaky tricks, Einstein’s pajamas, information theory’s blind spot, Stephen Wolfram’s new kind of science, and six monkeys at six typewriters getting it wrong. What do these have to do with the birth of a universe and with your need for meaning? Everything, as you’re about to see. How does the cosmos do something it has long been thought only gods could achieve? How does an inanimate universe generate stunning new forms and unbelievable new powers without a creator? How does the cosmos create? That’s the central question of this book, which finds clues in strange places. Why A does not equal A. Why one plus one does not equal two. How the Greeks used kickballs to reinvent the universe. And the reason that Polish-born Benoît Mandelbrot—the father of fractal geometry—rebelled against his uncle. You’ll take a scientific expedition into the secret heart of a cosmos you’ve never seen. Not just any cosmos. An electrifyingly inventive cosmos. An obsessive-compulsive cosmos. A driven, ambitious cosmos. A cosmos of colossal shocks. A cosmos of screaming, stunning surprise. A cosmos that breaks five of science’s most sacred laws. Yes, five. And you’ll be rewarded with author Howard Bloom’s provocative new theory of the beginning, middle, and end of the universe—the Bloom toroidal model, also known as the big bagel theory—which explains two of the biggest mysteries in physics: dark energy and why, if antimatter and matter are created in equal amounts, there is so little antimatter in this universe. Called "truly awesome" by Nobel Prize–winner Dudley Herschbach, The God Problem will pull you in with the irresistible attraction of a black hole and spit you out again enlightened with the force of a big bang. Be prepared to have your mind blown. From the Hardcover edition.

The God Problem

The God Problem

Author: Nigel Leaves

Publisher: Polebridge PressWestar Inst

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124028700

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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The twenty-first century has witnessed a dangerous shift in focus about belief (or non-belief) in God. God is not to be debated but defended at all costs. In short, God has become a problem. How then might we return to a reasoned debate about God's existence? In this book Nigel Leaves evaluates four ways of addressing the God Problem - panentheism, non-realism, grassroots spirituality, and religious naturalism. These are the current responses to the increasing difficulty of God-talk in the context of the latest critical and scientific thinking. Leaves provides an excellent point of departure and a resource for a discussion on how we may speak of God today.

God and The Twelve Problems of Evil

God and The Twelve Problems of Evil

Author: Thomas Ronald Vaughan

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725266735

Category: Religion

Page: 118

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This book of essays asks the enduring, age-old question, "If God is loving and good, why is there so much evil?" It answers boldly, "Because God creates, sustains, and 'allows' evil in the world." This fact is the greatest and most impenetrable mystery of the Christian faith. Twelve categories of evil are thereafter described and analyzed. The case is made that God is actively involved in the manifestations of evil, mysteriously and paradoxically suffers with her beloved children, but is "in control" of it all. Whatever harms, causes suffering, or destroys persons, animals, or the precious earth will be eliminated forever, but only in God's good time. Until then, believers must overcome evil with good, maintaining faith in the God whose thoughts and ways are not ours.

Learn to Live 5: God's Amazing Problem Solver

Learn to Live 5: God's Amazing Problem Solver

Author: William D. Reid

Publisher: Covenant Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781636307480

Category: Religion

Page: 118

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The Bible is the greatest problem-solving book ever written. It explains what’s wrong with the world and how to fix it. It clarifies what is wrong with humanity and how to fix it. The Bible demonstrates clearly what works and what doesn’t work when we are trying to fix our messed up lives. When God spelled out the “dos and don’ts” for successful living, he said, “Trust me on this.” When Jesus explained the plan of salvation through his death and resurrection, he said, “Trust me on this.” When Paul wrote to his churches, he was always careful to explain that righteousness and salvation are through Jesus Christ alone. He clearly proclaimed, “Trust Jesus Christ on this.” Problem-solving is really fairly simple. We must learn to trust God, trust Jesus Christ, and trust the Word of God. The Bible is very good at identifying the problem and then listing the solutions to the problem. Understanding is the easy part. Application is the hard part. Every successful person understands the words read, study, learn, practice, and work hard. They are excellent words for every Christian who wants to succeed and win.

God the Problem

God the Problem

Author: Gordon D. Kaufman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674355261

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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The most significant issue on the religious scene is whether it is possible, or even desirable, to believe in God. Kaufman's valuable study does not offer a doctrine of God, but instead explores why God is a problem for many moderns, the dimensions of that problem, and the inner logic of the notion of God as it has developed in Western culture.

The Problem of God in Modern Thought

The Problem of God in Modern Thought

Author: Philip Clayton

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802838855

Category: Religion

Page: 550

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It is widely believed that modern philosophers have dismissed the idea of God and opted instead for a secular humanism. Challenging these stereotypes through a careful study of major philosophical texts written since the Enlightenment, Philip Clayton shows how the main thinkers of the modern period have continued to wrestle with the problem of God and to make proposals for understanding the divine. Following up on his award-winning book God and Contemporary Science, Clayton here explores the constructive resources that modern thought offers to those struggling with the notion of God as "infinite" and "perfect." He finds in the narrative of modern thought about God strong support for panentheism, the new theological movement that maintains the transcendence of God while denying the separation of God and the world.

The Problem of God

The Problem of God

Author: S.H. Smith

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781499086102

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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The Problem of God falls into two equal parts. The first of these deals with the traditional theistic arguments for God’s existence (ontological, cosmological, teleological, experiential, moral), exploring the extent to which they succeed as rational arguments. On the assumption that the God of traditional theism does exist, the second part addresses the problems posed by his traditional attributes (his eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, and role as creator). The aim of the book is to encourage the reader to engage with problems that are too often overlooked.

Problems of Evil and the Power of God

Problems of Evil and the Power of God

Author: Professor James A Keller

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409477792

Category: Philosophy

Page: 186

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Why do bad things happen, even to good people? If there is a God, why aren't God's existence and God's will for humans more apparent? And if God really does miracles for some people, why not for others? This book examines these three problems of evil – suffering, divine hiddenness, and unfairness if miracles happen as believers claim – to explore how different ideas of God's power relate to the problem of evil. Keller argues that as long as God is believed to be all-powerful, there are no adequate answers to these problems, nor is it enough for theists simply to claim that human ignorance makes these problems insoluble. Arguing that there are no good grounds for the belief that God is all-powerful, Keller instead defends the understanding of God and God's power found in process theism and shows how it makes possible an adequate solution to the problems of evil while providing a concept of God that is religiously adequate.