And Man Created God: Is God a Human Invention?

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Lion Books, 2011 - Religion - 160 pages
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A debate of perennial interest, addressing one of the oldest questions posed to religious believers--if God made everything, who made God?

 

Most recently leveled by the New Atheists, the question of the likelihood that God is a human invention was first asked in ancient Greece and has preoccupied religious believers for centuries ever since. Here, renowned scholar Robert Banks explores the history of this objection--from its earliest vocalization in the ancient world to its most famous advocates, including Freud, Marx, and others--and offers compelling evidence that takes both sides of the argument into account. Ideal for those with a general interest in New Atheism or for those studying religion, this informative guide will offer readers the chance to sort out once and for all what--if any--elements of their idea of God are man-made.

 

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An excellent survey of the major proponents of the idea that God has been created in response to human need, sociology, psychology etc. Unfortunately assumes the objective reality of the existence of ... Read full review

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Atheists are becoming more vocal in their claim there is no God. “Man created God” say T-shirts and billboards. Banks reviews several of the current atheist writers and their explanations for religion ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
A NeW Challenge to the Gods
35
Facing Up to the Personal Challenge
133
Notes
149
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Robert Banks completed his doctorate in theology at Cambridge and recently retired as professor of the ministry of the laity and chair of the ministry division at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has also been the recipient of the Book of the Year award from Christianity Today and is the author of Faith in Leadership, Faith Goes to Work, Going to Church in the First Century, Paul's Idea of Community, Reenvisioning Theological Education, and The Church Comes Home.

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