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Featured Book: The God Confusion: Why Nobody Knows the Answer to the Ultimate Question


In the October, 2013, issue of Bloomsbury Philosophy News, philosopher Gary Cox answers an interviewer’s question, “How would you describe The God Confusion in one sentence?” In its quest after God, it is, he replies, a “clear, no-nonsense explanation of why agnosticism is the only credible philosophical position….”

An honorary research fellow at the UK’s University of Birmingham, Cox “sets out very clearly,” according to Britain’s Church Times, the classical arguments for and against the existence of God—those of Nietzsche, Aquinas, Descartes, Anselm, Marx, and so many others. And he “shows that the philosophical reasoning at the heart of these arguments is,” as Australia’s World of Books website puts it, “logically incapable of moving beyond speculation to any kind of proof.” (Mind you, “proofs” of God “are rarely of great interest to real believers,” Church Times points out.)

Be that as it may, the Dorset branch of Humanists UK, in promoting the author’s speaking engagement in 2013 meant to plug his book, noted, “If we must reject the idea of inner religious certainty, can living as though a moral God exists still be a worthwhile enterprise? You may be surprised by Gary’s answer!” Read the book, and find out.

The God Confusion: Why Nobody Knows the Answer to the Ultimate Question
By Gary Cox
Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

The previous Featured Book, Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Batter Life Today, by Philip Gulley, is now available in the Library.