Letters to Doubting Thomas: A Case for the Existence of God

Paperback | August 8, 2007

byC. Stephen Layman

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Arguments for or against God's existence can be intense, complex, and disconcerting; in fact, they often raise more questions than they answer. In Letters to Doubting Thomas: A Case for the Existence of God, C. Stephen Layman offers an innovative approach to the debate--a way to organize aseeming multitude of related claims and ideas--bringing clarity to a discussion that is often mired in confusion. Letters to Doubting Thomas explores the evidence for the existence of God through an exchange of fictionalized letters between two characters--Zachary, a philosopher (and believer), and Thomas, a layperson (and doubter) who appeals to Zachary for help in sorting out his own thoughts about God.Point by point, Zachary leads Thomas through a highly readable comparison of Naturalism (the belief that there is no God and that ultimate reality is physical reality) and Theism (the idea that there is an almighty, perfectly good God). Incorporating recent developments in philosophy, each exchangeof letters addresses one complex philosophical issue, breaking it down into manageable units. Topics covered include free will, religious experience, the cosmological argument, the fine-tuning design argument, the problem of evil, divine foreknowledge and human freedom, the ontological argument, thedivine command theory of ethics, and a moral argument for God's existence. As the dialogue proceeds, Zachary develops a cogent, cumulative case for Theism over Naturalism, while Thomas raises critical questions all along the way. Featuring a unique format and lucid writing style, Letters to Doubting Thomas is ideal for courses in the philosophy of religion and accessible to students with little or no background in philosophy. It is also engaging reading for professors, theologians, and anyone interested in the questionof the existence of God.

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Arguments for or against God's existence can be intense, complex, and disconcerting; in fact, they often raise more questions than they answer. In Letters to Doubting Thomas: A Case for the Existence of God, C. Stephen Layman offers an innovative approach to the debate--a way to organize aseeming multitude of related claims and ideas--...

C. Stephen Layman is a Professor of Philosophy at Seattle Pacific University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.91 inPublished:August 8, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195308158

ISBN - 13:9780195308150

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Table of Contents

Preface: Introduction: 1. Theism and Naturalism2. Religious Experience and Interpretation3. Is Religious Experience Reliable?4. A Cosmological Argument5. A Design Argument6. An Argument from Free Will7. Theism and Evil8. Naturalism and Evil9. A Moral Argument

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"The book is exceptionally clearly written. It presents difficult arguments and concepts without undue technicality, but without sacrificing accuracy. It is a fresh, lively, up-to-date defense of theism."--Wesley Morriston, University of Colorado, Boulder