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Is Belief in God Good, Bad Or Irrelevant?

Is Belief in God Good, Bad Or Irrelevant?

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Greg Graffin is frontman, singer and songwriter for the punk band Bad Religion. He also happens to have a Ph.D. in zoology and wrote his dissertation on evolution, atheism and naturalism. Preston Jones is a history professor at a Christian college and a fan of Bad Religion's music. One day, on a whim, Preston sent Greg an appreciative e-mail. That was the start of an extraordinary correspondence.

For several months, Preston and Greg sent e-mails back and forth on big topics like God, religion, knowledge, evil, evolution, biology, destiny and the nature of reality. Preston believes in God; Greg sees insufficient evidence for God's existence. Over the course of their friendly debate, they tackle such cosmic questions as:
  • Is religion rational or irrational?
  • Does morality require belief in God?
  • Do people only believe in God because they are genetically predisposed toward religion?
  • How do we make sense of suffering in the world?
  • Is this universe all there is?
  • And what does it all matter?
In this engaging book, Preston and Greg's actual e-mail correspondence is reproduced, along with bonus materials that provide additional background and context. Each makes his case for why he thinks his worldview is more compelling and explanatory. While they find some places to agree, neither one convinces the other. They can't both be right. So which worldview is more plausible? You decide.

- Publisher

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About "Is Belief in God Good, Bad Or Irrelevant?"

Greg Graffin is frontman, singer and songwriter for the punk band Bad Religion. He also happens to have a Ph.D. in zoology and wrote his dissertation on evolution, atheism and naturalism. Preston Jones is a history professor at a Christian college and a fan of Bad Religion's music. One day, on a whim, Preston sent Greg an appreciative e-mail. That was the start of an extraordinary correspondence.

For several months, Preston and Greg sent e-mails back and forth on big topics like God, religion, knowledge, evil, evolution, biology, destiny and the nature of reality. Preston believes in God; Greg sees insufficient evidence for God's existence. Over the course of their friendly debate, they tackle such cosmic questions as:

  • Is religion rational or irrational?
  • Does morality require belief in God?
  • Do people only believe in God because they are genetically predisposed toward religion?
  • How do we make sense of suffering in the world?
  • Is this universe all there is?
  • And what does it all matter?
In this engaging book, Preston and Greg's actual e-mail correspondence is reproduced, along with bonus materials that provide additional background and context. Each makes his case for why he thinks his worldview is more compelling and explanatory. While they find some places to agree, neither one convinces the other. They can't both be right. So which worldview is more plausible? You decide.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Preston Jones

Preston Jones (Ph.D., University of Ottawa) is assistant professor of history at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He has previously taught at The Cambridge School of Dallas, Dallas Christian College, the University of Dallas, California State University--Sonoma, and the University of Ottawa. His articles have been published in journals such as Southern California Quarterly, Fides et Historia, Journal of Church and State, Catholic Historical Review, Quebec Studies, Journal of Canadian Studies, American Review of Canadian Studies, National Library of Wales Journal and Alaska History. He is a contributing editor for Books & Culture and Critique, and the author of Is Belief in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant?; How To Protect Your Child from Sexual Predators, and A Highly Favored Nation: The Bible and Canadian Meaning, 1860-1900.

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • the Dialogue
  • Getting Acquainted
  • Inquisitions
  • Hating God
  • Odd Christians And Naturalism
  • The Tough World
  • Books
  • Theism Versus Naturalism
  • The End Of The Tour
  • The Inevitability Of People And Foundations For Morality
  • The Fall
  • Free Will
  • Freedom And Environment
  • Mystery
  • Fan Mail
  • Christianity And Violence
  • Proximate Versus Ultimate Meaning
  • Study Guide
  • Notes
  • About The Authors

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 233369
  • Product Code 0830833773
  • EAN 9780830833771
  • Pages 165
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Jun 2006
  • Sales Rank #24467
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.195kg

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