Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet

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God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet BY NATHAN SCHNEIDER UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, 272 PAGES, $34.95

In his historical tour of the proofs for and against God's existence, Nathan Schneider, a journalist and activist whose last work treated the Occupy movement, unfolds the story of provers and their arguments from the ancient Greeks through medieval Muslims to today's analytic philosophers and New Atheists.

The chapters are divided roughly chronologically, with a bent toward categorical themes. Schneider sketches the historical development of various categories within the proof genre as thinkers on both sides create, critique, and reinvent arguments in an ongoing debate spanning centuries. He categorizes these proofs and disproofs as cosmological, dialectical, historical, ontological, phenomenological, sociological, teleological, and transcendental.

His tour culminates in a description of the modern resurgence of Christian philosophy among today's most eminent philosophers engaging with the New Atheists. Isolated individual philosophers have given way to an apologetics movement that has become an industry in itself. …

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