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The God Confusion

Posted on 4 December 2014 Gavin Glenn

Why Nobody Knows the Answer to the Ultimate Question

What is God? Does he exist? Can we know?

The God Confusion offers a down-to-earth beginner's guide for anyone interested in these questions. It does not evangelize for God and religion or, indeed, for atheism, secularism and science. Instead, it explores in a witty yet balanced way the idea of God and the standard arguments for his existence. Gary Cox shows  why all these arguments are logically incapable of moving beyond speculation to any kind of proof. The only credible philosophical position is therefore agnosticism.

Defending the theory of evolution, Cox argues that to avoid appearing increasingly ridiculous, religion must accommodate science and accept that science has replaced the old God of the gaps as an explanation of natural phenomena.

Concluding that God may or may not exist, on the grounds that science, philosophy and theology are inherently incapable of proving or disproving his existence, The God Confusion acknowledges that religious faith based on a deliberate commitment to live as though there is a moral God is a coherent , even prudent enterprise. At the same time, it rejects the idea of inner certainty as mere wishful thinking, as mere self-delusion and bad faith.

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