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BookBrowse Reviews 36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Goldstein

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36 Arguments for the Existence of God

A Work of Fiction

by Rebecca Goldstein

36 Arguments for the Existence of God
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2010, 416 pages
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    Feb 2011, 416 pages

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Judy Krueger

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A daring new novel that plunges into the great debate of our day: the clash between faith and reason

For a book whose title sounds like an affirmation of faith but whose story is about an atheist refuting the existence of God, reading 36 Arguments is a surprisingly spiritual experience. What if mankind, with our huge brains and highly developed abilities to reason, could evolve a moral philosophy that makes life both comprehensible and livable without falling back on the outside influence of God? That is the idea addressed in Rebecca Newberger Goldstein's highly enjoyable novel.

Many reviews laud the wit and entertainment Goldstein provides but, honestly, the breadth and depth of ideas covered require close and thoughtful reading. Only occasionally a page-turner, the book's longish philosophical and intellectual passages did not whiz by for me. I found I needed a quiet place to read and plenty of time to reflect on my own ideas about life as I made my way through the story.

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