How to think about God (37)

And now, another apologetics book: Mortimer Adler’s How to Think About God. An argument for belief in God by the famed author (e.g., How to Read a Book) and scholar largely responsible for the Great Books of the Western World that occupies a good chunk of shelf space in my house.

I’ve just started (but it shouldn’t take long) – the list of books at the end (I peeked!) is interesting as well. Divided into three sections, it begins with a reference to classic works (largely based on the Great Books series and the index found in its Synopticon, though it expands beyond that). The second section provides more contemporary works, most of which are not that familiar to me, though I recognize authors like Etienne Gilson, Stephen Hawking, Joseph Jastron (God and the Astronomers, a book I read many years ago), John Henry Newman and Stephen Toulmin. The third section is the one I found most interesting as it describes “adverse views.” Included are theists like Alvin Plantinga and Charles Hartshorne (I’m not sure why, but it may be due to their attention to the ontological argument – I expect I’ll learn shortly) as well as non-theists like Anthony Flew (who fairly recently became a theist after a long nontheist career).

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One Response to “How to think about God (37)”

  1. Max Weismann Says:

    We are a not-for-profit educational organization, founded by Mortimer Adler and we have recently made an exciting discovery–three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren made a series of thirteen 14-minute videos, lively discussing the art of reading. The videos were produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, sometime after their original publication, these videos were lost.

    Three hours with Mortimer Adler on one DVD. A must for libraries and classroom teaching the art of reading.

    I cannot over exaggerate how instructive these programs are–we are so sure that you will agree, if you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your donation.

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