A Case for the Existence of God

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Oct 17, 2008 - Religion - 264 pages
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Some of the brightest scientific minds of our time, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, have made incredible insights into the earliest origins of the universe, but have failed to ultimately discover why there is something rather than nothing—why we exist. In A Case for the Existence of God, Dean L. Overman examines the latest theories about the origins of the universe and explains why even the most sophisticated science can only take us so far. Ultimately we must make a leap of faith to understand the world, and Overman argues that a leap into theism provides the most satisfying conclusions.

Overman explores fundamental questions about why our world exists and how it functions, using principles of logic, physics, and theology. In a time when religion and science are often portrayed as diametrically opposed, A Case for the Existence of God presents a refreshing view of the interplay between science and religion and makes a compelling case for the existence of God and his role in our world.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
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THE QUESTION OF GODS EXISTENCE
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MANY GENERATIONS OF PHILOSOPHERS HAVE MADE THE MISTAKE OF ASSUMING HUME AND KANTS OBJECTIONS DISPOSED OF ...
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A UNIVERSE WITH AN INFINITE PAST WOULD STILL REQUIRE A NECESSARY BEING TO SUSTAIN ITS EXISTENCE
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BECAUSE THE UNIVERSE OR MULTIVERSE HAD A BEGINNING IT IS CONTINGENT AND HAS A CAUSE FOR ITS COMING INTO EXIST...
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THE PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE SET FORTH IN THIS BOOK EMPHASIZES THE INTELLIGIBILITY OF THE UNIVERSE NOTED IN EINSTE...
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EVOLUTION IS NOT DISPOSITIVE OF THE QUESTION OF WHY THERE IS SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING AND WHY THE UNI...
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THE MYSTERY OF INFORMATION CHALLENGES A STRICT MATERIALISM
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THESE NINE WITNESSES TESTIFY TO ANOTHER WAY OF KNOWING THAT IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE EMPIRICAL AND THE METAP...
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CONCLUDING REFLECTIONS AND SUMMARY
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AFTERWORD
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THE NEW MATHEMATICS OF ALGORITHMIC INFORMATION THEORY IS RELEVANT TO THEORIES CONCERNING THE FORMATION ...
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THE LIMITS OF MATHEMATICS AND THE LIMITS OF REASON
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THE EVIDENCE FROM CONTEMPORARY PHYSICS SUPPORTS THE CONCEPTS OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND FREE WILL
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NOTES
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SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
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THE EXISTENCE OF GOD GIVES AN ABSOLUTE THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE REAL EXISTENCE OF RIGHT AND WRONG
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EVIDENTIAL FORCE OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
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Recorded Experiences of Encounters with the Divine Bear Witness to a Way of Knowing that Includes Kierkegaards KENDSKAB BUBERS IThou O...
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INDEX
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Dean L. Overman is former senior partner of the international law firm Winston & Strawn. A former Templeton scholar at Oxford University in the fields of information theory, physics, and religion, he has also studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He is the author of A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization.

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