God and Goodness

Paperback | March 7, 2003

byHugh Rice

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Hugh Rice explains why belief in God need not be seen as a strange or irrational kind of belief, but can be a natural extension of our ordinary ways of thinking. First he argues that it is rational to believe that the universe exists just because it is good that it should exist. Then he arguesthat we should conceive of God in an abstract way; in particular, we should understand God's willing something as consisting in its being good that that thing should be so. Together these arguments give reason to believe that the universe was created by God. This abstract conception of God does justice both to the nature of goodness and to the idea that God is sovereign. In the course of arguing for it, Rice gives clear and non-technical discussions of such fascinating topics as the objectivity of value, the problem of evil, and the evidence formiracles. Anyone interested in the nature of God and the basis of religious belief will enjoy this book.

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Hugh Rice explains why belief in God need not be seen as a strange or irrational kind of belief, but can be a natural extension of our ordinary ways of thinking. First he argues that it is rational to believe that the universe exists just because it is good that it should exist. Then he arguesthat we should conceive of God in an abstra...

Hugh Rice is at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.36 inPublished:March 7, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199256640

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Scientific Outlook2. Objective Value3. The Possibility of Knowledge of Necessary Truths4. Existence and Goodness5. Goodness and God6. The Problem of Evil7. Miracles8. The Importance of Rational BeliefBibliographyIndex

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`Rice has written a courageously argued book which refreshingly challenges many contemporary assumptions.' John A. Harrod, The Expository Times