Does God Exist?: An Answer for Today

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Sep 22, 2006 - Religion - 864 pages
Does God exist? Who is God? And can we ultimately trust in any reality? These questions have been among the greatest subjects of human speculation since history began, but not until modern times has the reality of God been so strongly called into doubt. In this monumental study, written for men and women of all faiths (and of none), Hans Kung, the most renowned and controversial theologian in the world today, first traces the rise of modern atheism in the works of such great thinkers as Descartes, Pascal, Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche and Freud, and them demonstrates--brilliantly and in terms that make sense to us today--why a "yes" to God remains a more reasonable and responsible belief than its alternative, nihilism.
 

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Honest effort by a liberal theologian to answer the question 'Does God exist' in the affirmative. When I was ~20 I found it useful to reconcile my skepticism with my church activism. That is not ... Read full review

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Contents

NIHILISMCONSEQUENCE OF ATHEISM 241
343
The counterreligion 269
369
The most abysmal thought
376
Overcoming morality 284
384
Was Nietzsche a nihilist?
391
Conquest of nihilism?
398
What nonChristians can learn
410
Reality in doubt
419

Tracks of atheism
81
Against rationalism for rationality
93
Theses on modern rationality
115
Relationship of theology to natural science
121
B NEW UNDERSTANDING OF GOD
127
z Atheism?
137
God in history
144
System in history
150
The new philosophy of religion
156
Secular and historical God
162
God in coming to be
169
Alfred North Whitehead
176
Secularity of God
184
Goda projection of man? Ludwig Feuerbach
191
Critique of F euerbach
204
Critique of the critique 2 10
210
Godwa consolation serving vested interests? Karl Marx
217
z Critique of Marx
241
Future Without religion?
247
Christianity and Marxism z 56
256
Godan infantile illusion? Sigmund Freud
262
Critique of Freud 2 88
288
The disputed origins of religion
294
Critique of the critique
307
The importance of religion for lung Fromm Frankl
316
Theses on atheism
323
Against a theological Withdrawal strategy 33
330
Atheism to be taken seriously
337
E YES TO REALITYALTERNATIVE TO NIHILISM
425
Reaction to reality
432
The fundamental alternative
438
Concretion
453
Explication
461
F YES TO GODALTERNATIVE TO ATHEISM
479
The other dimension 1
489
Silence before God? i
497
Theological discussions
509
Controversy on natural theology
518
Karl Barth again
525
Selfcritique of reason
537
God exists
552
God as hypothesis
561
Ground support and goal of human existence
567
Belief in God rationally justified
573
G YES TO THE CHRISTIAN GOD
585
z The two main types of religious experience
603
Truth through practical decision?
609
The God of Iesus Christ
667
God through Iesus Christ
677
The Christian aspect of the Christian
688
God in the Spirit
696
Notes
703
Index of Names
797
Index
813
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Hans Kung is the author of many books including Eternal LIfe?, Global Responsibility, and Credo: The Apostles' Creed Explained for Today. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Ecumenical Theology at the University of Tubingen and President of the Global Ethic Foundation in Germany and Switzerland. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century.

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