A Plausible God: Secular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology

Front Cover
Fordham Univ Press, Aug 25, 2009 - Religion - 200 pages
0 Reviews
At least since the seventeenth century, the traditional God of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam has been under pressure to conform to the scientific worldview. Across the monotheistic traditions there has emerged a liberalconception of God compatible with a thoroughgoing naturalism. For many, this liberal new God is the only credible God. But is it a useful God? Does belief in so malleable a deity come from, or lead to, different political, moral, psychological, or aesthetic phenomena from atheism?A Plausible God evaluates the new God by analyzing the theology of three recent Jewish thinkers -Mordechai Kaplan, Michael Lerner, and Arthur Green-and compares faith in the new God to disbelief in any gods. Mitchell Silver reveals what is at stake in the choice between naturalistic liberal theology and a nontheistic naturalism without gods. Silver poses the question: If it is to be either the new God or no God, what does-what should-determine the choice?Although Jewish thinkers are used as the primary exemplars of new God theology, Silver explores developments in contemporary Christian thought, Eastern religious traditions, and New Agereligion. A Plausible God constitutes a significant contribution to current discussions of the relationship between science and religion, as well as to discussions regarding the meaning of the idea of God itself in modern life.A wonderful piece of work. . . . Many wonderful passages, with very clear and original thoughts, excellently put.-Daniel C. Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


The All and the One
The Uses of Belief in God
Someone to Watch Over Me
Talking to and About God
Truth and Beauty
The Untenable God

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Mitchell Silver teaches philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of Respecting the Wicked Child: A Philosophy of Secular Jewish Identity and Education.

Bibliographic information