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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief but never glib survey of universal questions about God, 23 Aug 2012
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In 125 pages, sympathetic atheist Mark Vernon does not have much time to go deep into the God question -- as he acknowledges in the introduction, to believers, God is, quite literally 'all that matters'. What he does manage to do is survey the fundamental questions which most people ask and most religions try to answer about God: what about God and suffering? is God just a projection of our own ideals? is God nature? is God an expression of the religious experience? is God actually good? is God green? is He coming back? is He love?

While he only has time to name the issues and touch on some of the most important and wide ranging responses, Mark Vernon really does manage to make a connection with at least the questions, if not the answers. This is a very sympathetic, objective account of what key thinkers have proposed in answering the questions. As honest broker, Vernon does not attempt to choose between them or put forward his own version.

Very few books on any subject are as fair-minded as this. Ultimately, the subject is so broad that Vernon is forced to reinterpret the title, and what he does is not more than a brief survey. But it is never glib, despite the fact that Vernon, personally, does not believe in any of it. He shows admirable restraint, thus making the book a useful introduction and discussion starter, rather than yet another personal contribution to a crowded topic.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2012 22:07:11 BDT
It's difficult to read this type of book without having some idea of the author's personal belief on the subject. Is the book going to be worth the money and time put into reading it, or just another 'fluffy' lot-of-opinions-but-no-concrete- suggestions-or-conclusions set of bound pages? I'd like to know, as a talk of his, heard on the radio about an hour ago, was excellent.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2012 15:00:56 GMT
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"No Answer" came the loud reply!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2012 15:03:56 GMT
This is a book about the questions, more than about the answers. It's not fluffy, but you might decide that it was a little arid. He certainly doesn't get as far as settling the answers. I suspect - based on what I know of him - that he isn't yet at a point where he would be willing to accept firm answers on any of the questions.
So, in other words - not a fluffy book of opinions, but this certainly isn't a 'how to find God' book.
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