He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained in He continued his education in various European cities, including the Sorbonne. Louis University. He accepted an invitation to visit John F.
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Shelves: theology , bible , inspirational , philosophy , spirituality This quite interesting book addresses two main and fundamental questions on theology and on philosophy alike: Does God exist? A compelling as well as daunting exercise of reflection Reading it, one discovers that this book is a labor of love.
This quite interesting book addresses two main and fundamental questions on theology and on philosophy alike: Does God exist? It reveals itself as a deep work at once conservative in its faith and substantive in its scholarship.
Rather than "Does God Exist? An Answer for Today" the book could easily be titled "Who is God? Indeed,his analysis of nihilism as he calls it and the writings of the existentialists Sartre and Camus plays a crucial role in the development later on. Also refreshing was the treatment of Eastern religions, notably Confucianism and Buddhism, which I found remarkably insightful if a bit dated. Still, it seems to me that not having some basic familiarity with both traditions could prove an obstacle.
To view it, click here. This book took me 5 months to read on and off, not because it was boring -it was anything but- or because it was too difficult -though sections I do admit were complex and hard to comprehend, it was immensely intelligible-, no, I took my time with this one because I wanted to savour each and every page.
Can reason permit us the liberty to ascent to belief in God, when we are fundamentally uncertain of reality itself, let alone God? The case is made stronger than this in his elaboration of God being not just a Supreme Being among beings, but the utmost foundation of Being.
He also was meticulous in dealing with chief critiques of belief in God by Feuerbach, Marx and Freud and many, many more in passing. The book represents a prodigious amount of research and thought, and it boggles the mind how he managed to grapple with so much, so broadly, so deeply, and so well. He was ambiguous in places about things that are core matters of faith for Christians, let alone Catholics: existence of demons, the real resurrection of Jesus and the possibility of miracles.
I think he seemed so eager to make his faith agreeable to modern man that he was willing to throw anything difficult to accept. I simply think it is a sleight of hand to refer to it as a suspension of the laws of nature: to me it is an addition to the system, not a changing of the rules: all within in nature still must abide with these laws, it is just that God is the free agent.
But those quibbles aside, I will be reviewing the book again. I have underlined and made notes of so much of this book, that it may take several more weeks to fully appreciate its immense contribution to the question of whether it is reasonable to believe in God. Spoiler alert: he believes it very much is reasonable.
Other gems of interest: -relationship between science and religion -meaning for suffering and evil -arguments for and against the existence of God It is a very long book, but well worth the read, you will deepen and sharpen up the knowledge of your faith. And possibly, may make you consider faith as a possibility, with intellectual credibility. Perhaps it is not meant to be, but only to allow one permission to have faith in God which most days I do anyway. But it is engaging, and relatively accessible.
First, this book is from , which gave a nice window into the past. Some thinkers like Hegel, Marx are less popular now, but that doesnt diminish the value of the discussion. Lamenting about people lost in modern times and turning away from God seem, on the other, to be from all times.
Does God Exist? An Answer for Today
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