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Defense of God, The

Defense of God, The
ISBN
0913757276
Weight
2.00 lbs
Cover
Paper

Pages
184

Size
6x9

Date Available
1985/06/30


Edited book , Index , Notes
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$12.95 (9.71)
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The God series books were based on a group of meetings that brought together over 100 scholars from around the world to pursue various aspects of a contemporary discussion of God. The participants were drawn from all parts of the our world and from virtually every religious tradition. Here Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Confucianists, members of African religions, and many others meet each other face to face. Moreover, the participants come from a wide range of disciplines and from cultures East and West, North and South.

Easy generalizations about people in other traditions–or in other strands of one’s own tradition–are quickly seen to be inadequate to the living reality. And as a result participants set in motion in their own lives dynamics and processes that will bear fruit in unpredictable ways. The vast majority of participants found this to be an event of great significance for them.

There was no attempt made to impose a certain outcome on these deliberations, nor was it assumed that there was some easy unity that underlied all the multiplicity present to the discussions. Nevertheless, what emerged was a heightened awareness of the beliefs and views of others and one’s own, and a determination to pursue lines of development.

The volumes in the God: The Contemporary Discussion Series are indicative of the continued pursuit and represent “stepping stones” designed to broaden the forum of the discussions. Many of the essays presented also reflect the influence of the encounter on each individual contributor. A unique experience herein awaits the student of religion or philosophy, the seeker of knowledge of the Ultimate, the teacher of spiritual discipline, or anyone interested in the emerging confluence of the religious traditions of the world.

The Defense of God

Today all, religious life exists under die threat of destruction., and the human spirit is in peril. A defense of the divine traditions in every land is needed. The ten essays contained in this book, written by an international group of distinguished scholars, explore the thesis that the defense of God depends on what men and women say and do, an awesome responsibility.

The idea of a defense of God is complicated., for God is not readily defended in a world that contains radical evil, the force that lays waste the human spirit and mocks the sacred. God, moreover, says little in his own defense.

The authors of these essays express a wide variety of ways that God should-and should not-be “defended,” as well as pose the central question of how God might be understood. They concur that both religion and the defense of God are vital concerns. New considerations about the nature of God and about how God relates to evil emerge.

This collection of essays succeeds in contributing to the defense of God, because in discussing different and often conflicting views of God significant religious insights are to be found.

Table of Contents
Introduction
JOHN K. ROTH AND FREDERICK SONTAG
1. The Defense of God
FREDERICK SONTAG
2. God in His Own Defense?: And/Or in Defense of Humankind
ADRIO KONIG
3. A Whiteheadian Theodicy
BOWMAN L. CLARKE
4. Is God Good and Can God Be Defended?
LLOYD EBY
5. On Hearing God
FRANK R. HARRISON, III
6. The Argument of Repression
JORG SALAQUARDA
7. Judging Religion
MARTIN PROZESKY
8. Perspectives on Creation and the Defense of God
KLAUS A. ROHMANN
9. Humanity, Being, and World History
EUGENE T. LONG
10. The Defense of God: A Reprise
JOHN K. ROTH
Notes on the Contributors
Index

JOHN K. ROTH is the Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, where he has taught since 1966. In 1988, he was named National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Roth is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington.

FREDERICK SONTAG is Robert C. Denison Professor of Philosophy, Pomona College, Claremont, California. He is the author of over twenty major books on philosophy, religion, and existentialism.

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