<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>The Thinker's Guide to God (Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../BookSummary_3782.htm">The Thinker's Guide to God</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../../../Authors/V/Author_Vardy (Peter).htm">Vardy (Peter)</a> & <A HREF = "../../../Authors/A/Author_Arliss (Julie).htm">Arliss (Julie)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BookCitings_3782.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Book</A></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_3782.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Amazon Product Description</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">The attempt to define what we mean by God, and indeed goodness, has been the central pre-occupation of western religion and philosophy. In the 21st century, with deteriorating relationships between Islam and the West, with fundamentalist movements growing and with terrorism increasing, the quest is as urgent and relevant as ever. Can one have goodness without God? Is goodness real or do we create it? Does the understanding of God change through our own scriptures? Where does our understanding of God and goodness come from? How does it relate to other virtues, particularly those of beauty and truth? What is the role of reason? What about the ways other cultures approach reality, and how can traditions live peaceably together? Peter Vardy concisely explores the range of approaches to God that has influenced the western Christian tradition in an easy-to-read, popular style.</ol></FONT><U>Contents</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Thinking about God - Plato and Aristotle  6</li><li>The God of the Philosophers  18</li><li>The God of Sacred Scripture  28</li><li>Religious Language  44</li><li>The Challenge of Anti-Realism  62</li><li>Arguments for the Existence of God  78</li><li>The Attributes of God  102</li><li><a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">Life after Death</A><SUP>1</SUP>  122</li><li>Miracles and Prayer  150</li><li>Jesus, the Trinity, and Christian Theology  166</li><li>Faith and Reason  192</li><li>Attacks on God - Darwin, Marx, and Freud  206</li><li>God and Science  232</li><li>Quantum Reality, Multi-Dimensions, and God  250</li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15837.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - Thinking about God - Plato and Aristotle</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 1<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Plato - The story of the cave<BR>& This world is an illusion and a shadow of true reality</li><li>Raphael s <I>School of Athens</I> illustrates (for Plato) & <BR>& The unchanging world of the perfect Forms<BR>& Ultimate truth to be known after death<BR>& Recollection of past knowledge<BR>& Motion and change indicates imperfection<BR>& Art is imitation and leads people away from the Real</li><li>Aristotle<BR>& Was a scientist and empiricist</li><li>Raphael s <I>School of Athens</I> illustrates (for Aristotle) & <BR>& This world is the real world<BR>& If you want to know what a good X is, study Xs<BR>& Something is good if it fulfils its nature<BR>& Ethics is also grounded in this world<BR>& There is no world of perfect Forms of which this world in the shadow</li><li>Aristotle and Plato on God</li><li>Plato s God<BR>& The Forms were not created by God, nor are they active  they are just there<BR>& Raw, chaotic matter has always existed<BR>& God  the demiurge  is like a sculptor who created the universe from chaotic matter using the Forms as a template<BR>& Chaotic matter resisted the will of the Demiurge, so the Universe is imperfect<BR>& Also, because the Universe is changing, it is imperfect on these grounds too</li><li>The Demiurge, in contrast to the Judeo-Christian-Islamic God<BR>& Did not create ex nihilo<BR>& Is not all-powerful, nor a loving, personal god<BR>& Is good because of conforming to the Form of the Good </li><li>Mathematics<BR>& If you think mathematical truths (or rules) are discovered, rather than created, you re a Platonist</li><li>Aristotle s God<BR>& The Universe is everlasting  without beginning or end<BR>& There are 40 rings of stars, with the earth at the centre<BR>& God moved the 40th ring, but<BR>& Did not create and does not sustain the Universe, <BR>& Does not act in nor have any interest in the Universe<BR>& But, God is the great  attractor who caused the 40th ring of stars to move</li><li>Similarities between Plato s and Aristotle s God<BR>& Neither does anything, is created, creates, is in space or time, or has any interest in the Universe<BR>& Both are perfect and outside of space and time</li><li>Questions for Consideration</li></ul></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16002.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The God of the Philosophers</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 2<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16003.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The God of Sacred Scripture</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 3<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16004.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - Religious Language</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 4<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16005.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Challenge of Anti-Realism</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 5<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16006.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - Arguments for the Existence of God</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 6<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16007.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Attributes of God</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 7<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16008.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - Life after Death</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 8<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16009.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - Miracles and Prayer</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 9<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16010.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - Jesus, the Trinity, and Christian Theology</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 10<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16011.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - Faith and Reason</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 11<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16012.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - Attacks on God - Darwin, Marx, and Freud</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 12<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16013.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - God and Science</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 13<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_16/PaperSummary_16014.htm">Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - Quantum Reality, Multi-Dimensions, and God</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vardy (Peter) & Arliss (Julie) - The Thinker's Guide to God, Chapter 14<BR></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> </center> <BR><HR><BR><center> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - 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