Meaning and Mystery by P-Wiley


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									Meaning and Mystery
Author: David M. Holley

Edition: 1

Meaning and Mystery offers a challenge to the way Philosophy has traditionally approached the issue of
belief in God as a theoretical problem, proposing instead a form of reflection more appropriate to the
practical nature of the issue.

Makes use of abundant illustrative material, from both literature, such as Les Misérables, Edwin Abott's 
Flatland, Yann Martel's Life of Pi and Leo Tolstoy's A Confession, and popular culture, such as
advertisements, the television series Joan of Arcadia and the film Stranger Than Fiction

Uses imaginative scenarios to offer explanations of central concepts

Incorporates theories on human thought and behavior in exploring the formation of religious belief

Written in a style that is accessible to readers with little background knowledge of philosophy

"With these minor criticisms in mind, Holley's work should be commended for its unique and provocative
approach of defending religious belief in the age of modernity which, at the same time, defends naturalism
and atheism. He has revealed to us that one need not be legitimized at the expense of the other."

"Holley makes strong but subtle arguments for a transcendent agent conception of God, and the need for
this image for a coherent morality, the value of revelation-bearing traditions, and the priority of practice for
discovering belief." (CHOICE, September 2010)"The question of the existence of God has been part of the
philosophical debate ...with arguments advanced for and against it. In this heartfelt ... argument for God's
existence, the author studies the subject from every perspective. Echoes of ancient thinkers as well as
more contemporary observers of the religious scene are well represented herein. Holley is clearly well
versed in the arguments on both sides of the question. And he shows some insight into those who find
belief in God to be a thing devoutly to be avoided even while espousing belief as part of his own life. In the
end, Holley chooses faith over doubt and offers guidelines for those seeking an experience with the divine.
His observations are well worth reading."

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