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Excellent book for everybody interested in philosophy and logic,
This review is from: The Impossibility of God (Hardcover)
This book is digging much more deeper into details than for example "Irreligion", but sometimes a little to repetitive when the same point is made from different authors.
Michael Martin has assembled a nice variety of essays and papers about the impossibility of God based on the usual attributes (omnipotent, omnipresent, omnibenevolent etc...) assigned to God from the believers. These `omni...' attributes are self-contradicting and there can be no being which fulfills all these attributes.
Of course the ontological arguments from St. Amseln or Thomas Aquinas are refuted and shown as self-contradicting like many other modern arguments as well.
Sometimes the argument exchanges are followed over the years between atheists and apologetic Christians (Platinga, Swineburne, Lane-Craig).
Often the Christians can just pull back to the usual defense "this is not my God", or "God is unknowable - beyond human ken" or the "God moves in mysterious ways".
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2012 18:54:17 GMT
Kriss Mascard says:
If Stenger's work in this field is anything to go by the god-slaggers often make up their own definitions from nowhere and then criticise Christians for daring to say that the definitions aren't true to genuine Christianity.
Is it any wonder Christians aren't much interested in engaging with this kind of introverted nonsense?
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