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The Puzzle of God [Paperback]

Peter Vardy
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2 Aug 1999

Peter Vardy’s much acclaimed introduction to the study of ideas about God – now revised and updated.

A clear, well-written guide to philosophical thinking about God. Starting with the question of what it means to say we believe in God, and looking at the nature of truth, Peter Vardy goes on to examine ideas about God and their influence on Christian thinking.

Peter Vardy takes the reader through the arguments, using amusing illustrations and analogies. He writes for the lay person or student, not assuming any specialist knowledge, and not imposing any particular view.

‘This is about the best elementary textbook in the philosophy of God I have come across… an extremely useful book.’
Hugh Meynell, The Tablet

‘This is a masterpiece of coherence. Step by step the reader is led clearly and humorously through the philosophical maze which confuses our thinking about God.’
Linda Smith, Head of Religious Education, King’s College, London


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fount; 3Rev Ed edition (2 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006281435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006281436
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Vardy started out as a Chartered Accountant, becoming chairman of UK listed companies before he was 30. Following the birth of his children he started a Theology degree at King's College London, a degree which soon became an MA and then a PhD on the concept of Eternity, supervised by Stewart Sutherland. After a PGCE, Peter became a lecturer at Heythrop College, accompanying it when it became part of the University of London. He became Vice Principal in 1999, the first Anglican to hold such a senior position. Also in the late 1990s Peter began writing books for undergraduates, with the aim of reinvigorating his subject area. The Puzzle of God and The Puzzle of Ethics remain bestselling titles twenty years later, particularly popular with the generations of RS and Philosophy teachers and their proteges who also frequent Peter's conferences for Sixth Formers, which attract in excess of 10,000 people every year in the UK and more in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Known for his amazing collection of colourful jumpers, his coffin/coffee table, his love of Harry Potter and Pooh Bear - and those videos - Peter is often credited with contributing to the resurgence in the popularity of Religious Studies and Philosophy in schools and universities. Theology wrote "Peter Vardy is a gifted communicator. He is the best popularizer of the philosophy of religion currently working in Britain..."

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Peter Vardy’s much acclaimed introduction to the study of ideas about God – now revised and updated.Peter Vardy’s much acclaimed introduction to the study of ideas about God – now revised and updated.

A clear, well-written guide to philosophical thinking about God. Starting with the question of what it means to say we believe in God, and looking at the nature of truth, Peter Vardy goes on to examine ideas about God and their influence on Christian thinking.

Peter Vardy takes the reader through the arguments, using amusing illustrations and analogies. He writes for the lay person or student, not assuming any specialist knowledge, and not imposing any particular view.

“This is about the best elementary textbook in the philosophy of God I have come across… an extremely useful book.”
Hugh Meynell, 'The Tablet'

“This is a masterpiece of coherence. Step by step the reader is led clearly and humorously through the philosophical maze which confuses our thinking about God.”
Linda Smith, Head of Religious Education,'King’s College, London'

About the Author

Dr Peter Vardy is lecturer in Philosophy of Religion and London University’s Heythrop College.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book any intelligent Christian should read!! 17 Oct 2007
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As a newcomer to philosophy I can become rather overwhelmed by philosophical jargon, which makes any book on the subject rather daunting. However, this book allowed me to understand everything that was being discussed and get my foot into the door of philosophical language whilst also keeping it interesting enough to keep me reading.

This book had me asking questions I know I should have asked myself but never had and also introduced me to some new ideas. I found that this book had the most effective impact by reading a section then going away to think about the things that had come up. I believe any Christian should read this book and ask themselves some important questions about what it is they believe.

Thankfully this book has no straight answers and its intention is purely to allow you to ask yourself these questions, allowing you to analyse what you are really saying in your beliefs. After reading only a select few chapters I had found myself re-evaluating my views, noticing flaws in what I held dear. Any who have ever pondered God's existence and what God means owe it to themselves to read this book.
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This book tackles the issues in regards to God. What is GOd? What does it mean to believe in God? Why do need to believe in God?. It is an excellent book that discusses a variety of theories leading to the existence of God and vice versa. From the cosmological argument to Anselm's Design argument. The book tackles the issues in clear and concise vocabulary and it excellent as an intorduction to Philosophy of Religion.
Peter Vardy is an excellent writer and discusses the issues from a non biased perspective. You should definately buy this book if you are puzzled in regards to your faith and you want to explore arguments in regards to this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life 18 Nov 2005
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reading this book changed my life' Reading it has made me a more rounded individual and seeing him in real life was magical.
I would strongly recomend his excellent range of videos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Vardy is Brilliant 8 April 2004
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This book is an accessable yet intellegent introduction to the philosophy of God. Like many it was one of my A-level texts and I was also lucky enough to go to an inspirational conference by the man himself. He is passionate about his subject and this is what makes his books so good. If you are interested- Buy It.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, absolutely brilliant 16 May 2001
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Being an A level philosophy student I need to do a graet deal of background reading, Vardy has helped me a great deal with understanding many aspects of philosophy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 30 May 2014
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Good as an overview for A level students studying the OCR or AQA spec (not sure about the other boards), though may lack some of the specifics needed to achieve a top grade. An excellent resource to stretch gifted and talented Y10/11 GCSE RE students
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