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God, Gödel, and Grace: A Philosophy of Faith



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By Clifford Goldstein

ISBN: 0816333149 | 111 pages | Pacific Press Publishing Association | Copyright 2003

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DOES ANYTHING MATTER?

Nothing is certain, not even that.

Is life absurd, without purpose and meaning, or is there a formula beneath the ferment? Is religion merely canonized illusion, morality a mirage, and the only remaining sin, as Nietzsche says, "the sin against the earth"; or does humanity’s moral compass have a true North Pole? Is faith a leap into the absurd, or a leap over it?

I believe, in order that I may understand.

Though for centuries, science, philosophy, and logic have been used to dismantle faith, God, Gödel, and Grace turns these hammers and chisels into tools that build a logical, philosophical, and even "scientific" basis for faith.

The human race is just a chemical scum
on a moderate-sized planet.

No Exit.

Using everything from Beckett to C. S. Lewis, from the Gospels to the poetry of Wallace Stevens, this apologetic unapologetically confronts the hard questions that continually dog Christianity. And though one can never "prove" what needs to be taken on faith, it shows just how reasonable it can be to believe in what goes beyond reason.

I am the door.

Belief has never made so much sense.

–Jesus –Sartre
–Hawking

Along the way, the book asks what almost everyone asks: Why does a loving God allow evil? What about the dilemma of death? And how can faith answer a leaping and bounding atheism? And it even asks what not everyone is asking, such as How does Kant’s epistemology strengthen faith? What does quantum theory reveal about the limits of reason and special relativity about the limits of sense perception? And why can Kurt Gödel’s incompleteness theorem be an powerful tool in the hands of believers?


–Anselm
–Arcesilaus

God, Gödel, and Grace: A Philosophy of Faith

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DOES ANYTHING MATTER?

Nothing is certain, not even that.

Is life absurd, without purpose and meaning, or is there a formula beneath the ferment? Is religion merely canonized illusion, morality a mirage, and the only remaining sin, as Nietzsche says, "the sin against the earth"; or does humanity’s moral compass have a true North Pole? Is faith a leap into the absurd, or a leap over it?

I believe, in order that I may understand.

Though for centuries, science, philosophy, and logic have been used to dismantle faith, God, Gödel, and Grace turns these hammers and chisels into tools that build a logical, philosophical, and even "scientific" basis for faith.

The human race is just a chemical scum
on a moderate-sized planet.

No Exit.

Using everything from Beckett to C. S. Lewis, from the Gospels to the poetry of Wallace Stevens, this apologetic unapologetically confronts the hard questions that continually dog Christianity. And though one can never "prove" what needs to be taken on faith, it shows just how reasonable it can be to believe in what goes beyond reason.

I am the door.

Belief has never made so much sense.

–Jesus –Sartre
–Hawking

Along the way, the book asks what almost everyone asks: Why does a loving God allow evil? What about the dilemma of death? And how can faith answer a leaping and bounding atheism? And it even asks what not everyone is asking, such as How does Kant’s epistemology strengthen faith? What does quantum theory reveal about the limits of reason and special relativity about the limits of sense perception? And why can Kurt Gödel’s incompleteness theorem be an powerful tool in the hands of believers?


–Anselm
–Arcesilaus
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Clifford Goldstein


Clifford Goldstein, editor of the Sabbath School Quarterly since 1999, has had a long and distinguished writing career. He has served as editor of Liberty magazine and Shabbat Shalom magazine. 

Clifford, born in Albany, New York, was raised as a secular Jew but converted to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1980. He has a passion for writing and studying, and is a lover of philosophy.