atheist drawn to religion, Soffin shows how to conceptualize a "God"
who is in and of the cosmos rather than also beyond it as theists
affirm. This allows Soffin and those who see value in the path he
blazes to embrace and value the treasures of religion even while not
being theistic. Says Soffin, "For those who sense in modern life an
underlying absence of fundamental meaning—yet fear self-deception in
pursuing 'God'—there may be no recourse but to shoulder the burdens of
reflection and begin the ancient journey anew." See a more comprehensive author overview here.
Excerpts from Responses Chapter
his discussion contrasting God as Creator with that of cosmic first
cause, to his highly stimulating presentation of knowledge as true
incarnation, and much more, this has been a book worth reading. . . . I
feel it is at least part of my assignment as a respondent here to voice
some criticism. So, to begin with, I am inclined to think that Soffin
overly stresses the role of rationality in human existence. . . ." —Daniel Liechty, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Illinois
. . Soffin’s text brought to mind John D. Caputo’s seminal and
provocative thought. . . . Although they stare at each other from
across the chasm separating analytical from continental philosophical
traditions, both authors seek a move into the ‘beyond’—beyond
scientific materialism, beyond superstition, beyond religion (as
institutionalized strictures), and even beyond the classical God
himself (gendered language intended)." —Sharon L. Baker, Associate Professor of Theology and Religion, Messiah College
Market: Targeted to students of theology and philosophy in both religious and secular colleges and universities, it should be of interest to anyone interested in faith, doubt, mystery, and in the possibility of genuine mutual learning when theists, atheists, or agnostics converse.
Shelving: Philosophy—of religion, atheism, theism; Theology; Religious Studies BISAC: Religion. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics
The Author: Alan L. Soffin, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has taught philosophy, education and American Studies at Temple University. He has developed programs in international education with support from France and from the Goethe Society. He currently teaches philosophy, theology, and aesthetics in the adult learning center at Delaware Valley College.
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