God by Keith Ward
A Guide for the Perplexed

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From Plato to Wittgenstein and religions from Judaism to the Hindu tradition, interspersed with divine influences from Classical Greece, Romantic poetry, and the occasional scene from 'Alien', ‘God: A Guide for the Perplexed’ charts the path of humanity's great spiritual odyssey: the search for God.





Leading the way through this minefield is acclaimed philosopher-theologian Keith Ward, blending the sublime and the eclectic in a narrative which offers wit, erudition and moments of genuine pathos. As a survey of the different manifestations of God through the centuries, and an examination of humanity's search for the divine, this is an engaging and informative book. As a deeply moving testament to our endless capacity for spiritual hope, it is compulsive reading for anyone interested in, or embarking on, the great quest for meaning. ‘A lively and very clearly written discussion summarizing and criticizing the thoughts of many significant thinkers.’


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‘Wry but delightfully non-ironic, intelligent and clear, this book is a blessing. ‘


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‘Highly informed, witty and immensely accessible. One of the most congenial, lively and informative introductions to this field.’


Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, Oxford University
 

About Keith Ward

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Keith Ward is at the Cranfield School of Management.
 
Published March 1, 2013 by Oneworld Publications. 272 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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Caring for those who care little for themselves entails immense frustration and wasted time, but time was one thing the doctors had — time and the medieval medical interventions of regular meals, clean linens, cheerful surroundings and the opportunity for careful observation.

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Although he argues that modern scientific knowledge points to the existence of God, Ward returns again and again to the argument that a focus on the attributes and qualities of God provides resolution to any conflict between science and religion.

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Professor of theology at Oxford University and no stranger to informed public debate on profound and controversial subjects, Ward offers a book that is witty and accessible, prodigiously erudite (quotes, textual references, a bibliography but no footnotes) and loaded with heavy ammunition to defe...

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The Independent

One such is the latest missive in the Oxford God debate, Why There Almost Certainly Is a God (named, with one small change of wording, after chapter four of The God Delusion), by the university's former Regius Professor of Divinity, Keith Ward.

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Suite 101

Hyped as the book that will destroy the foundation of Christianity, Divinity of Doubt: The God Question by Vincent Bugliosi is actually an excellent foray into philosophy, basics of the foundation of religion, and is peppered with personal stories that seemingly have nothing to do with the partic...

Jul 20 2011 | Read Full Review of God: A Guide for the Perplexed

Suite 101

A challenging new book aims to change forever the perception of Stone Age Britons from the primitive to the sophisticated.

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Suite 101

A new study of the significance of the Grail mystery in today's world explains how the ancient wisdom can pave the way to an expanded consciousness.

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The Gospel Coalition

He explains that his title is “ The Message of the Word of God” and not the “ The Message of the Bible” because he does not want to get into the question of the extent of the canon, and not “ The Message of Scripture” because the “ word of God” is a “ wider and more important concept” (23...

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ForeWord Reviews

Whether or not one believes that Advanced Beings even exist, let alone play a vital part in human evolution, Gods, Genes, and Consciousness will prove to be a thought-provoking and very readable interpretation of human events.

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