A Plausible God: Secular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology (Hardcover)

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At least since the seventeenth century, the traditional God of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam has been under pressure to conform to the scientific worldview. Across the monotheistic traditions there has emerged a liberalconception of God compatible with a thoroughgoing naturalism. For many, this liberal new God is the only credible God. But is it a useful God? Does belief in so malleable a deity come from, or lead to, different political, moral, psychological, or aesthetic phenomena from atheism?A Plausible God evaluates the new God by analyzing the theology of three recent Jewish thinkers -Mordechai Kaplan, Michael Lerner, and Arthur Green-and compares faith in the new God to disbelief in any gods. Mitchell Silver reveals what is at stake in the choice between naturalistic liberal theology and a nontheistic naturalism without gods. Silver poses the question: If it is to be either the new God or no God, what does-what should-determine the choice?Although Jewish thinkers are
used as the primary exemplars of new God theology, Silver explores developments in contemporary Christian thought, Eastern religious traditions, and New Agereligion. A Plausible God constitutes a significant contribution to current discussions of the relationship between science and religion, as well as to discussions regarding the meaning of the idea of God itself in modern life.A wonderful piece of work. . . . Many wonderful passages, with very clear and original thoughts, excellently put.-Daniel C. Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

About the Author

Mitchell Silver teaches philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of Respecting the Wicked Child: A Philosophy of Secular Jewish Identity and Education.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780823226818
ISBN-10: 0823226816
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2006
Pages: 200
Language: English