Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly
James A. Lindsay
|Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly (Onus Books, 2013)|
- "Unique and fascinating" -Victor Stenger
- "Honest and accessible" and "will stretch your thinking" -Peter Boghossian
- "Eminently readable" and "easy to digest" -Jonathan MS Pearce
God and the idea of infinity are tied together, perhaps necessarily so, and this book was born from a collection of essays by James A. Lindsay seeking to highlight the folly in utilizing the infinite in discussions regarding God. It does more, though, by pointing out that God has to be infinite for the idea to survive criticism, and yet this requirement pins God into being nothing more than abstract mental stuff.
This book is presented in four parts. The first of these seeks to get readers familiar with the terminology and mathematical underpinnings of infinity, taking a stab directly at the Platonic heart of the object of theistic belief while exposing some common misuses of the infinite. Then, the second part seeks to really illustrate how strange and counter-intuitive the infinite is, seeking to make clear how dangerous it is to make intuitive arguments using the concept. The third part focuses particularly on one aspect of this strangeness and explores the application of the infinite to questions of probability, including the likelihood that some extant God exists. Finally, ontological arguments are addressed, illustrating how infinity is both required and fatal for the idea of an Almighty God.
God Doesn't; We Do: Only Humans Can Solve Human Challenges
James A. Lindsay
|God Doesn't; We Do: Only Humans Can Solve Human Challenges (2012)|
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The title really says it all--God doesn't; we do: only humans can solve human challenges.
Our world is one that is full of challenges, and many people still turn to God for solutions or credit Him with ones that they find. The time for that kind of superstition is long past. This book seeks to address the topic on philosophical grounds, making appeals to a scientific mindset and evidence-based decision making.
Material is covered in five parts.
- First, introductory material motivates the book, taking a keen look at the anti-intellectual thread proving itself dangerously apparent in the modern religious mindset in America while making clear that the world has changed from a time when it was relatively safe to engage in superstition-based worldviews.
- Second, an introduction to the author's experience as an infidel living in the Bible Belt is provided, indicating that the primary source of trouble with not believing is sourced from closed-minded believers.
- Third, the philosophical underpinnings of claims on God's existence are addressed, introducing a new and important topic to the conversation from the depths of modern probability theory that allows us to strongly question whether or not it is even reasonable to presume any belief in God whatsoever, one that may completely reshape the conversation about theism.
- Fourth, the central theme is heartily developed, discussing in detail why we have no reason to believe that God acts in this world, including in the realms of moral sense and spirituality. A secular approach to "spirituality" is introduced at the close of this section for contrast.
- Fifth, a call to action is presented in a closing which invites moderate and liberal believers to carefully examine their own faiths while offering suggestions on how to restructure what they would like to keep from their religions so that they might prove valuable in a secular, modern world.
The text spans 316 pages, including endnotes, in eleven chapters with full bibliography.