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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: O Books; 1st Edition edition (4 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190381622X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903816226
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.4 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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'As a philosopher of religion Peter Vardy is unsurpassed' John Walters, Dialogue

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Peter Vardy is Vice-Principal of Heythrop College, University of London, and is one of the best known philosophers of religion in Britain and Australia. His "Puzzle" series of books published by Harper Collins have been through many printings and are available in many languages.


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This book answers many questions, posed not only by Christians but also by agnostics and members of other religions. It is ideal for students at A level and undergraduate degree level who are studying Philosophy, Theology or Religious Studies. Indeed, I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for thought-provoking arguments about God.
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By Dr. Peter Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2006
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A superb concise introductory tour of our concepts of God and how they have changed over time.

Well written, well illustrated, well produced. A book that will make you think about what version of God you believe or disbelieve in. Believer or not, you will discover that there's still a lot more to discover.
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This is a superb introduction to questions every human being has, will or should be asking. The centrality of the questions to human life cannot be over-estimated and the authors have created a highly engaging, highly readable and very open-minded book for those who think. Whether you subscribe to "faith seeking understanding" or "don't know but wish to understand", read this book and you won't be disappointed.
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Firstly, the good points. This is as accessible a work as I have ever read about philosophy and theology. Difficult concepts are very well explained and demonstrated, and theories linked together. I consider myself reasonably well read, but until I read this book there was many philosophical concepts I barely understood, and some I was entirely ignorant of. It covers the full spectrum of issues surrounding the idea of God - What do we mean by `God', arguments for/against existence, his attributes, effects of scientific discovery on our understanding of God, miracles and spirituality, etc. In short, it's pretty comprehensive. Had Richard Dawkins read a couple of small chapters in this book, he could have saved his blushes on a few occasions. Conversely, I doubt many churchgoers are aware 10% of what is in this book. In fact, you could probably say that about 99% of all people are completely unaware of even some of the basic concepts noted in this book (though that hasn't stopped people having strong opinions on them!). Considering this largely ignored subject area, the writers do an excellent job or explaining most of the issues in a clear and memorable fashion.

Onto the bad points. Though occasionally Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and a couple of other religions are mentioned throughout the book, it's mostly about Christianity. I would personally liked a little more about the other religions. A couple of the chapters are pretty mind numbing, though this may well be because some of the issues are so dry that even the best explanations cannot shed any light on them. The chapter on the Attributes of God for example, is so dull I couldn't stop myself skimming over it. Maybe it is simply impossible, however, to have an interesting discussion on the subject.

I think if you are interested in the subject, and are looking for a place to start, I can't think of a better book to introduce you to the relevant issues better than this one
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A group of us are reading a chapter a week and then discussing it, on our pathway to examining, exploring, developing, our view of what God is. We each have different aims, we each start from a different blend of views and experiences. We are a mixed bunch of Anglicans, Friends, Methodists, and doubters. Together the book and our tutor are helping us in our fumbling exploration. Vardy leads us to consider different historic and current views of God, the use of the language around belief, and I'm sure there will be more challenges to our thinking in the weeks to come (we're at Chapter 5 as I write this). Difficult concepts are well explained without dumbing down.

Two downsides to the book - the shiny paper can be difficult to read in certain lights, and the illustrations are sometimes too small to appreciate the excellent works of art that are used as examples. Poor Julie Arliss gets very little credit. Everyone refers to the book as "Vardy"!
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Another useful book by Vardy - great for A level students or as a background for degree level.
Easier to follow if you've heard him talk but a very accessible book non-the-less!
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This is a good introduction to many important ideas associated with the notion of God. It is clearly written with a lot of effort put in to make them accessible to general reader (if anything, occasionally in danger of being overly simplistic). Besides the content, the design is superb with many illustrations. It is puzzling though that after all that effort to produce a good quality layout, the book is of relatively small size which make it difficult to read (especially cations)and doesn't give justice to illustrations. Shame. I wouldn't mind buying it again if there was a larger print.
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