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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (24 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415223873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415223874
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'... Michael Palmer's "Introduction and Sourcebook" deservedly stands alone as a uniquely creative and inventive approach to the six major arguments for God's existence ... The Question of God posseses an integrity and a coherence completely lacking in similar books of this kind. Simply put it has been exceptionally well thought out, and exceptionally well presented.' - Rob Fisher, Reviews in Religion and Theology

'... a model of its kind - logical, clear and fair-minded. No university or A level student has any excuse for failing after reading it.' - Martin Camroux, Expository Times

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Michael Palmer is a widely read author whose Moral Problems (Lutterworth Press, 1991) is a core text in schools and colleges. He has taught at Marlborough College and Bristol University and was Head of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Manchester Grammar School. He was formerly a Teaching Fellow at McMaster University and Humboldt Fellow at Marburg University.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2004
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I am currently doing Theology at my humble sixth form college, and delving into this book was like a breath of fresh air in terms of what can be, a complicated subject.
Despite the fact that many of the Philosophers in this book; Anselm, Gaunilo, Plantinga, Kant etc like to divulge in the most complicated language known to man,(Anselm's Ontological argument and Kant's reasoning for why existence is not a 'real' predicate for example) this book aims to logically put together these and other arguments in a precise, yet seemingly understandable way without using an oversimplistic manner. It contains the depth of the subject whilst providing exercises for the reader to complete - often testing the understanding of the concepts contained within the book so that problems can be looked over which is a great plus.
Of course, for the challengers amongst you, the sources are also included and some are more difficult than others to read - often requiring them to be read more than once to understand them fully. One thing that shows the quality of his work, is how Palmer manages to make the complicated, easy to understand and I am sure that the sources were far easier to comprehend than previously thought.
If you really want a challenge, may I suggest looking at the book titled - Philosophy of Religion- selected writings (Peterson) for a longer, and a more broad source of writings by philosophers which would partner this book simply because this book comprises mostly of commentaries on the sources.
Anyway, back to this is systematically sound, and progressive , starting with founders of arguments and ending with more modern philosophers which gives a rounded perspective on the issue.
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