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A Case for the Existence of God [Hardcover]

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Pages   229
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
ISBN  074256312X  
EAN  9780742563124  


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Some of the brightest scientific minds of our time, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, have made incredible insights into the earliest origins of the universe, but have failed to ultimately discover why there is something rather than nothing--why we exist. In A Case for the Existence of God, Dean L. Overman examines the latest theories about the origins of the universe and explains why even the most sophisticated science can only take us so far. Ultimately we must make a leap of faith to understand the world, and Overman argues that a leap into theism provides the most satisfying conclusions. Overman explores fundamental questions about why our world exists and how it functions, using principles of logic, physics, and theology. In a time when religion and science are often portrayed as diametrically opposed, A Case for the Existence of God presents a refreshing view of the interplay between science and religion and makes a compelling case for the existence of God and his role in our world.

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Some of the brightest scientific minds of our time, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, have made incredible insights into the earliest origins of the universe, but have failed to ultimately discover why there is something rather than nothing why we exist. In A Case for the Existence of God, Dean L. Overman examines the latest theories about the origins of the universe and explains why even the most sophisticated science can only take us so far. Ultimately we must make a leap of faith to understand the world, and Overman argues that a leap into theism provides the most satisfying conclusions. Overman explores fundamental questions about why our world exists and how it functions, using principles of logic, physics, and theology. In a time when religion and science are often portrayed as diametrically opposed, A Case for the Existence of God presents a refreshing view of the interplay between science and religion and makes a compelling case for the existence of God and his role in our world."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dean L. Overman is former senior partner of the international law firm Winston & Strawn. A former Templeton scholar at Oxford University in the fields of information theory, physics, and religion, he has also studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He is the author of A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization.

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Well Worth Reading  Jan 26, 2009
A well thought-out and presented argument for strongly considering the existence of God and our contingent existence. Though the material is challenging at times, it is presented in clear and logical terms. Dean Overman does a great job reinvigorating the cosmological argument and extending the information argument to point out the presence of intelligence inherent in the information content of DNA. Once he presents compelling reasons to believe in a creator, Dean Overman then gives us nine examples of people who took the leap of faith from the concept of God into religious practice, making the abstract, tangible. While some may object to the idea of leap of faith and science, it needs to be understood that the scientific method is an experimental process effective in learning about the material world, but that it should not be used to limit the reality we experience and observe. The leap of faith comes once we have exhausted the limits of what is provable using the scientific method, to that what is necessary to explain the rest of existence. In that context, it is reasonable to explore God and the spiritual life, just as Pascal's wager points out the value of pursuing God vs. denying His existence. The Case for the Existence of God is for all those who truly wish to learn what science has proven, what it hasn't and what it points to.

 
Don't take my word for it  Jan 13, 2009
I too think this is a brilliant book but more importantly so does Booklist, the 100 year old journal that reviews books for public libraries and schools and makes recommendations for librarians, which gave the following starred review:

"What would St. Anselm think? Centuries after the medieval saint framed his famous proof for the existence of a deity, a philosophically minded attorney offers a far more compelling and scientifically sophisticated argument for belief in God. Drawing on modern cosmology and information theory, Overman exposes fallacies that have infested skeptics' thinking since Hume and Kant. Clearer reasoning establishes an astonishing harmony between quantum physics and religious orthodoxy, so providing a credible defense for free will and moral judgment. Still, readers looking for certainty will not find it here: Overman acknowledges that the believer must make a leap of faith. But consistent analysis demonstrates that atheists likewise must embrace unprovable premises, albeit premises barren of hope and meaning. Willing to challenge the logic of unbelievers such as Dawkins and Dennett, Overman goes far beyond such logic, insisting that those searching for religious truth must remain open to non-rational modes of knowledge. After all, God beckons the perplexed as a loving person, not a merely intellectual precept. The intensely personal character of spiritual conversion emerges in the lives of the nine remarkable believers- ncluding St. Augustine and Pascal, Dostoevsky and Weil--whose testimonies resonate with passionate conviction. A book for readers willing to wrestle with the largest questions."
 
Addressing the Great Questions of Man's Existence  Jan 8, 2009
A masterful and thorough work addressing the questions mankind has pondered for millennia. Dean L. Overman uses material from the greatest minds in recorded history asking the ultimate question, "is there a God." Presented is cogent and concise material from physical and natural law, mathematicians, physicists, church fathers, contemporary scholars, science, theologians, and more, employing a seismic command of integrative knowledge, making strong arguments rooted in faith and reason on the wisdom of the ages. All the while reading a thought would never leave my mind as a leap of faith at some point is necessary to believe in something greater than ourselves, and there is a very intelligent being we will never fully grasp.
 
A Case for the Existence of God  Dec 7, 2008
A Case for the Existence of God is a wonderful book for those willing to take on the intellectual challenge of seeking the truth, and to help one understand the profound questions of "Why is there something rather than nothing?" and "Why do we exist?" It is a book for those who already have a strong belief in God as it provides the reader with compelling evidence. The author is clearly one who did not just "take a leap of faith". His consummate, masterful knowledge and research in this field only validate and strengthen the case for a Supreme Being. I speak from a purely layman's standpoint when I say that a few of the chapters are not easy to assimilate, but through Overman's extensive research, in not only the theological field, but in science and physics, he provides a case which is difficult to dispute, even for the hardcore atheist. Especially enjoyable and provocative are the last several chapters which address "good and evil," "recorded experiences," and witnesses testifying "to another way of knowing". I am grateful for Overman's remarkable insight, vision and intellect. He has done much of the work for the rest of us, but I agree with one of the many distinguished and brilliant scholars mentioned in Overman's book, Mortimer Adler, when he states that we have a "duty to try to understand the creed" of our religion. Overman helps us to do this in his comprehensible, luminous writing.
 
One of the Best Non-Fiction Books I have ever read  Nov 8, 2008
This is a very carefully written book that presents a coherent case, but does not attempt to impose the author's conclusions on the reader.The coherency flows from a drawing together of powerful evidence from a vast variety of disciplines so that one can see a unity in the truths already established in logic, metaphysics, physics, information theory, molecular biology, astronomy, mathematics, aesthetics, ethics, literature, psychology, theology, and philosophy. It is this unity that provides for a coherent case for theism. Atheism cannot present such a coherency, but appears to present its evidence in a piecemeal, disunited fashion. Read this book slowly to follow the detailed arguments.
 

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