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A Plausible God

by Mitchell Silver

A Plausible God Synopsis

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 liberal conception 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 Age religion. 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 Plausible God Press Reviews

...Analyzes the theology of three Jewish thinkers who discuss the relationship between science and religion. * -Publishers Weekly * Silver takes a philosopher's scalpel to the theologies of Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionism; Arthur Green, a leading scholar of Jewish mysticism; and Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine. * -Jewish Currents * The book is not an 'easy read,' but its rewards are many. * -Reconstructionism Today * A secular philosopher's study of three contemporary Jewish thinkers: Mordecai Kaplan, Arthur Green, and . . . Michael Lerner. * -Tikkun * Silver's book is clear and interesting. It is certainily worth reading for anyone interested in the place of God in a modern, naturalistic worldview . * -Shofar * A very insightful book, clearly articulated and tightly reasoned on a difficult subject that many liberals confront everyday. -- -Rifat Sonsino * Boston College *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780823226825
Publication date: 15th November 2006
Author: Mitchell Silver
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 200 pages

About Mitchell Silver

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.

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