Introduction: Does Anyone Actually Believe in God?
1 Life-Orienting Stories.
2 God of the Philosophers.
3 Reasons for Believing in God.
4 Resistance and Receptivity.
5 Belief As a Practical Issue.
6 Anthropomorphism and Mystery.
7 Naturalistic Stories.
8 Theistic and Naturalistic Morality.
9 Meaning and the Limits of Meaning.
10 Conviction, Doubt, and Humility.
Suggestions for Further Reading.
"Holley makes strong but subtle arguments for a transcendent agent conception of God, and the need for this image for a coherent morality, the value of revelation-bearing traditions, and the priority of practice for discovering belief." (CHOICE, September 2010)"The question of the existence of God has been part of the philosophical debate ...with arguments advanced for and against it. In this heartfelt ... argument for God’s existence, the author studies the subject from every perspective. Echoes of ancient thinkers as well as more contemporary observers of the religious scene are well represented herein. Holley is clearly well versed in the arguments on both sides of the question. And he shows some insight into those who find belief in God to be a thing devoutly to be avoided even while espousing belief as part of his own life. In the end, Holley chooses faith over doubt and offers guidelines for those seeking an experience with the divine. His observations are well worth reading." (Publishers Weekly, January 2010)
- Challenges the standard approach of reflecting upon the question of God as a theoretical problem
- Makes abundant use of illustrative material, including examples drawn from advertisements, television shows such as Joan of Arcadia, from films such as Stranger Than Fiction, as well as from literature such as Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Flatland, and Leo Tolstoy’s A Confession
- Uses imaginative scenarios to offer explanations of central concepts
- Incorporates theories of human thought and behavior in its exploration of the formation of religious belief
- Written in a style that is accessible to readers with little background knowledge of philosophy