By Rebecca Goldstein
After Cass Seltzer's e-book turns into a shock top vendor, he's dubbed "the atheist with a soul" and turns into a celeb. He wins over the lovely Lucinda Mandelbaum, "the goddess of online game theory," and loses himself in a spiritually expansive infatuation. A former female friend seems to be: an anthropologist who invitations him to affix in her quest for immortality via biochemistry. And he's haunted by way of reminders of the 2 those that ignited his ardour to appreciate faith: his mentor and professor--a well known literary student with a suspicious obsession with messianism--and an angelic six-year-old mathematical genius who's inheritor to the management of a Hasidic sect. each one come across reinforces Cass's thought that the spiritual impulse spills over into existence at large.
36 Arguments for the life of God plunges into the good debate of our day: the conflict among religion and cause. global occasions are being formed via fervent believers at domestic and in another country, whereas a brand new atheism is saying itself within the public sphere. On only highbrow grounds the skeptics would appear to have every little thing on their facet. but humans refuse to just accept their likely irrefutable arguments and proceed to embody religion in God as their resource of which means, goal, and comfort.
Through the attraction of fiction, award-winning novelist and MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein exhibits that the strain among faith and doubt can't be understood via rational argument on my own. It additionally has to be explored from the perspective of person humans stuck within the raptures and torments of non secular event in all their variety.
Using her presents in fiction and philosophy, Goldstein has produced a real crossover novel, entire with a nail-biting debate ("Resolved: God Exists") and a stand-alone appendix with the thirty-six arguments (and responses) that propelled Seltzer to stardom.
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