Five Proofs Of The Existence Of God
  • Five Proofs Of The Existence Of God
  • Five Proofs Of The Existence Of God
ISBN: 1621641333
EAN13: 9781621641339
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 18, 2017
Pages: 360
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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This book provides a detailed, updated exposition and defense of five of the historically most important (but in recent years largely neglected) philosophical proofs of God's existence: the Aristotelian, the Neo-Platonic, the Augustinian, the Thomistic, and the Rationalist.

It also offers a thorough treatment of each of the key divine attributes--unity, simplicity, eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, perfect goodness, and so forth--showing that they must be possessed by the God whose existence is demonstrated by the proofs. Finally, it answers at length all of the objections that have been leveled against these proofs.

This work provides as ambitious and complete a defense of traditional natural theology as is currently in print. Its aim is to vindicate the view of the greatest philosophers of the past-- thinkers like Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Aquinas, Leibniz, and many others-- that the existence of God can be established with certainty by way of purely rational arguments. It thereby serves as a refutation both of atheism and of the fideism that gives aid and comfort to atheism.

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   Do not buy this book if you have never read Feser before. Start with his other book Aquinas
I bought this book extremely regretfully, as it was the first book I regretted buying from Ed Feser. I am not saying they are wrong, but he is missing a lot of fundamentals. For example, in the 2nd step of formal Aristotelian proof he is assuming that objects that exist would not continue to exist without a reason. There are a lot of reasons to believe that this is false, but it is difficult to grasp for a beginner. Start with his other book Aquinas, which is much clearer and spends more material on the basis concepts and premises in Aristotelian-Aquinas metaphysics. Saint Thomas Aquinas was a great teacher ; Feser can be if you start with the right book.
   Doesn't Address Key Objections
Does not address the objections of Kant and Hume's natural limits of epistemic theology, nor objections that could result from skeptical theism. Surprised that something so fundamental was ignored.
   ... "Five Proofs of the Existence of God" is an excellent book that defends theism and a traditional view of ...
The book provides an overview of five separate proofs, along with answers to a number of objections at the end of each chapter. The format feels almost like a debate where Feser provides his argument and goes on to answer the most difficult questions. Feser does a great job explaining the arguments in terms that a non-philosophy major can understand while not diminishing the complexity associated with them. This book clarifies the incorrect interpretations provided by new atheists and some academic philosohers who do not specialize in the subject. Althougth Feser explains the arguments very clearly ; the subject matter might be difficult to understand for some readers. The last book by Feser, The Other Superstition, might be more accessible to the reader without any background in philosophy or natural theology.
   The book is incredibly unique for the following reasons: ...
The book is incredibly unique for the following reasons : The arguments presented in the book are often ignored by the mainstream - philosophers or ignored. This does not mean that the arguments are weak by any means, quite the contrary. Unlike the teleological argument of Paley or the metaphysical argument, the arguments in this book are teleological demonstrations. That is, part of the arguments'strengths come from the fact that they can not possibly be wiped out by some future scientific discovery. Feser writes with clarity and presents the arguments straight forward. He responds in the same way to potential objections to the arguments. The final chapter on God's nature contains a mature defense of the scholastic conception of the nature of God.
   Very well researched.
This book provides logical proofs for the existence of God, not tangible evidence. The First Vatican Council knew of these and famously decreed that the existence of God could be known through “the natural light of human reason ” with certainty, but did not refute them. This is because the premises are necessarily true and the conclusions are obviously following. The fact that these arguments have not been shown to be wrong on this day is a testament to how powerful they are.