By Rebecca Goldstein
After Cass Seltzer's booklet turns into a shock top vendor, he's dubbed "the atheist with a soul" and turns into a celeb. He wins over the beautiful Lucinda Mandelbaum, "the goddess of video game theory," and loses himself in a spiritually expansive infatuation. A former female friend appears to be like: an anthropologist who invitations him to affix in her quest for immortality via biochemistry. And he's haunted via reminders of the 2 those who ignited his ardour to appreciate faith: his mentor and professor--a well known literary pupil 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 concept that the non secular impulse spills over into existence at large.
36 Arguments for the life of God plunges into the nice debate of our day: the conflict among religion and cause. international occasions are being formed through fervent believers at domestic and in another country, whereas a brand new atheism is announcing itself within the public sphere. On only highbrow grounds the skeptics would appear to have every little thing on their aspect. but humans refuse to simply accept their possible irrefutable arguments and proceed to embody religion in God as their resource of that means, objective, and comfort.
Through the attraction of fiction, award-winning novelist and MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein indicates 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 viewpoint of person humans stuck within the raptures and torments of spiritual adventure in all their variety.
Using her presents in fiction and philosophy, Goldstein has produced a real crossover novel, whole 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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