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No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believersby Michael Novak
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Surveying the contemporary religious landscape, the division between atheist and believer seems stark. However, having long struggled to understand the purpose of life and the meaning of suffering, Michael Novak finds the reality of spiritual life far different from the rhetorical war presented by bestselling atheists and the defenders of the faith who oppose them.
In No One Sees God, Novak brilliantly recasts the tired debate pitting faith against reason. Both the atheist and the believer experience the same “dark night” in which God’s presence seems absent, he argues, and the conflict between faith and doubt stems not from objective differences, but from divergent attitudes toward the unknown. Drawing from his lifelong passion for philosophy and his personal struggles with belief, he shows that, far from being irrational, the spiritual perspective actually provides the most satisfying answers to the eternal questions of meaning. Faith is a challenge at times, but it nonetheless offers the only fully coherent response to the human experience.
Ultimately, No One Sees God offers believers and unbelievers the opportunity to find common ground by acknowledging the complicated reality of the human struggle with doubt. Novak provides a stirring defense of the Christian worldview, while sidestepping the shrill tone that so often characterizes the discussion of faith, and given the challenges faced in the present age, all who value liberty will find hope in his new way of conversing.
Examines the questions and challenges of faith and the conflict between doubt and faith experienced by both atheists and believers, arguing that spirituality effectively answers the questions about life's meaning and purpose.
Refuting the attitudes of anti-religion supporters, an award-winning scholar offers a thoughtful, reasoned approach to the questions and challenges of faith, addressing the conflict between doubt and faith as experienced by both atheists and believers and arguing that spirituality effectively answers the eternal questions of life's meaning and purpose. 25,000 first printing.
MICHAEL NOVAK received the 1994 Templeton Prize, an award that has also gone to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Mother Teresa, and Charles Taylor. He has taught at Harvard and Stanford and has held academic chairs at Syracuse University and Notre Dame, and now holds the Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
Introduction : The Darkling plain — False Starts. Not the way to invite a conversation: Dawkins, Dennett, and Harris — Nor is this the way: Hitchens — The Common Darkness. Letter to an Atheist friend — Heather's spirited reply — Who Are We, Under These Stars? Horizons, Blicks, and Ockham's razor — Nothing is by design: everything is by chance — Thinking about God — Existence and the existent — The New Conversation. Secular, but not "secularist" — The end of the secularist age — Appendix one. Reflections in Westminster Abbey: up from nihilism — Appendix two. Favorite "dark" biblical passages.
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