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Thinking About God

Thinking About God

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Can we really think about God? Can we prove God's existence? What about faith? Are there good reasons to believe in the Christian God? What about evil? Can we really know with our finite minds anything for sure about a transcendent God? Can we avoid thinking about God?

The real problem, says philosopher Gregory E. Ganssle, is not whether we can think about God, but whether we will think well or poorly about God. Admittedly there is a lot of bad thinking going around. But Ganssle, who teaches students, wants to help us think better, especially about God. He thinks philosophy can actually help.

In the first part of this book, Ganssle lays the groundwork for clear and careful thinking, providing us an introductory guide to doing philosophy. In the second part Ganssle then takes us through the process of thinking well about God in particular. He asks us to consider whether there are good reasons to believe that God exists. He thinks there are! In a third part Ganssle addresses the thorny issue of the existence both of God and of evil. He thinks there's a valid way through this problem. In the final part Ganssle helps us thread our way through questions like: What is God like? What can God do? What can God know? How does God communicate? He thinks that there are some clear answers to these questions, at least if you're talking about the God of Christianity.

If you're looking for your first book for thinking clearly and carefully about God, then you'll appreciate the good thinking found in this book. 187 pages, from IVP.


- Publisher Written for the first-time student of philosophy^Engaging, friendly, conversational style^Clear and well informed in ancient and current issues in philosophy^Has great apologetic value for Christians who want to be prepared to defend their faith^Provides a solid foundation for Christians finding value in the discipline of philosophy

- Publisher

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About "Thinking About God"

Can we really think about God? Can we prove God's existence? What about faith? Are there good reasons to believe in the Christian God? What about evil? Can we really know with our finite minds anything for sure about a transcendent God? Can we avoid thinking about God?

The real problem, says philosopher Gregory E. Ganssle, is not whether we can think about God, but whether we will think well or poorly about God. Admittedly there is a lot of bad thinking going around. But Ganssle, who teaches students, wants to help us think better, especially about God. He thinks philosophy can actually help.

In the first part of this book, Ganssle lays the groundwork for clear and careful thinking, providing us an introductory guide to doing philosophy. In the second part Ganssle then takes us through the process of thinking well about God in particular. He asks us to consider whether there are good reasons to believe that God exists. He thinks there are! In a third part Ganssle addresses the thorny issue of the existence both of God and of evil. He thinks there's a valid way through this problem. In the final part Ganssle helps us thread our way through questions like: What is God like? What can God do? What can God know? How does God communicate? He thinks that there are some clear answers to these questions, at least if you're talking about the God of Christianity.

If you're looking for your first book for thinking clearly and carefully about God, then you'll appreciate the good thinking found in this book. 187 pages, from IVP.

- Publisher

Written for the first-time student of philosophy^Engaging, friendly, conversational style^Clear and well informed in ancient and current issues in philosophy^Has great apologetic value for Christians who want to be prepared to defend their faith^Provides a solid foundation for Christians finding value in the discipline of philosophy
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Gregory Ganssle

Ganssle serves with the Rivendell Institute for Christian ThGanssle serves with the Rivendell Institute for Christian Thought and Learning, a special project of the Campus Crusade ought and Learning, a special project of the Campus Crusade for Christ student ministry at Yale University. He has taughfor Christ student ministry at Yale University. He has taught philosophy at Syracuse University and has worked as a teact philosophy at Syracuse University and has worked as a teaching fellow and part-time lecturer in the philosophy departmhing fellow and part-time lecturer in the philosophy departmC

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • part One: Introduction
  • 1. Why Bother Thinking About God?
  • 2. What Is Philosophy?
  • 3. You Cannot Prove God's Existence
  • 4. What About Faith?
  • 5. Can We Be Neutral?
  • 6. Where Do We Begin?
  • part Two: Reasons To Believe In God
  • 7. Starting At The Beginning: Why Is There Anything At All?
  • 8. Starting At The Beginning: Must The Universe Have A Cause?
  • 9. Starting At The Beginning: Must The First Cause Be God?
  • 10. Looking At The Details: Design And Designers
  • 11. Looking At The Details: Darwin And Design
  • 12. Looking At The Details: Fine-tuning And Design
  • 13. Looking At The Details: Many Worlds And Small Changes
  • 14. Looking In The Mirror: Moral Reality
  • 15. Looking In The Mirror: Moral Facts Point To God
  • 16. Reasons To Believe: The Cumulative Case
  • part Three: God And Evil
  • 17. The Square Circle Objection
  • 18. God And Evil Reconciled
  • 19. Reasons God Could Have To Allow Evil
  • 20. Freedom And Determinism: A Chapter You Might Want To Skip
  • 21. The Unicorn Objection
  • 22. Is There An Elephant In The Room?
  • part Four: What Is God Like?
  • 23. Beginning To Think About What God Is Like
  • 24. What Can God Do?
  • 25. What Can God Know?
  • 26. Can God Know The Future?
  • 27. Does God Communicate?
  • Suggestions For Further Reading
  • Index

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 217291
  • Product Code 0830827846
  • EAN 9780830827848
  • Pages 187
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Dec 2004
  • Sales Rank #24838
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.295kg

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