36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 12, 2010 - Fiction - 400 pages
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From the author of The Mind-Body Problem: a witty and intoxicating novel of ideas that plunges into the great debate between faith and reason.
 
At the center is Cass Seltzer, a professor of psychology whose book, The Varieties of Religious Illusion, has become a surprise best seller. Dubbed “the atheist with a soul,” he wins over the stunning Lucinda Mandelbaum—“the goddess of game theory.” But he is haunted by reminders of two people who ignited his passion to understand religion: his teacher Jonas Elijah Klapper, a renowned literary scholar with a suspicious obsession with messianism, and an angelic six-year-old mathematical genius, heir to the leadership of an exotic Hasidic sect.
 
Hilarious, heartbreaking, and intellectually captivating, 36 Arguments explores the rapture and torments of religious experience in all its variety.
 

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Contents

The Argument from the Improbable Self
16
The Argument from Lucinda
20
The Argument from Dappled Things
22
The Argument from the Irrepressible Past
47
The Argument from Reversal of Fortune
61
The Argument from Intimations of Immortality
87
The Argument from SoulGazing
91
The Argument from the Existence of the Poem
103
The Argument from the Remains
228
The Argument from Fraught Distance
237
The Argument from the Disenchantment of the World
241
The Argiunent from the Ethics of the Fathers
243
The Argument from Cosmic Tremblings
247
The Argument from Chosen Individuals
252
The Argument from the Bones of the Dead
259
The Argument from the Mandelbaum Equilibrium
272

The Argument from the Eternity of Irony III
125
The Argument from Transcendental Signifiers
137
The Argument from Prime Numbers
141
The Argument from Taking Differences
175
The Argument from Inconsolable Solitude
178
The Argument from Sacred Circles
185
The Argument from the Longing on the Gate
191
The Argument from Strange Laughter
193
The Argument from the Arrow of Time
203
The Argument from the Overheard Whispers of Angels
215
The Argument from Tidings of Destruction
223
The Argument from Rigid Designators
275
The Argument from the bong Silence of the Night
287
The Argument from the New York Times
288
The Argument from the Precipice
291
The Argument from the Violable Self
299
The Argument from the View from Nowhere
305
The Argument from Solemn Emotions
324
The Argument from the Silent Rebbes Dance
343
Arguments for the Existence of God 347
345
Acknowledgments
401
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About the author (2010)

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein received her doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University. Her award-winning books include the novels The Mind-Body Problem, Properties of Light, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction and nonfiction studies of Kurt Gödel and Baruch Spinoza. Her most recent work, Plato at the Googleplex, was released from Pantheon in March of 2014. She has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, has been designated a Humanist of the Year and a Freethought Heroine, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Massachusetts.

Rebecca Goldstein is represented by Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau (www.prhspeakers.com).

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