A Brief Synopsis
Books debating whether God exists are frequently one-sided diatribes whose audience has already signed on to the author’s premise. Unlike those works, Re-Thinking God and Existence: The End of Certainty and the Making of a Better World, honors both the beliefs of religious adherents and atheists alike. Believers will be excited to credibly counteract the debunking of spirituality by popular pundits (like Bill Mahrer), while atheists and agnostics will be pleased to convincingly invalidate absolute certainties about spirituality as human-centric illusions. To achieve this, Re-Thinking God and Existence proves the necessity of God through scientific evidence and mathematical proofs, that is, without the use of faith. Everything imaginable and unimaginable must exist (the multiverse theory in physics), while what is possible in any universe or reality is limited by its own internal laws. How an incomprehensible totality is interpreted allows for the current diversity in spiritual perspectives. God for believers is that incomprehensible totality of existence; for atheists the totality of existence just is. Moreover, by demonstrating that all certainty is delusional, God and science are liberated from the oppressive ideologies of religious fundamentalism and dogmatic atheism. Indeed, to view existence through the lens of our illusionary certainties is to drastically limit the infinite complexities of God or for nonbelievers the boundless possibilities that permeate our universe and individual lives.
But ideas about existence and God do not stop there. Re-Thinking God and Existence shows how the boundlessness of existence and the end of certainty may enlighten us on a wide variety of human issues and controversies. These include how individuals can incorporate boundlessness and incompleteness in daily living, how certainty is the cognitive root of evil in contrast to the inclusive and incomplete nature of the good, why democracy is more adaptive and productive than authoritarianism by embracing boundlessness and uncertainty, and how an impersonal, objective spirituality can be as satisfying as a personal, religious relationship with God.
Discover my own failings and successes through interwoven interpersonal narratives. Ample thought exercises are included to help readers apply the ideas to their own lives. The goal is not to present another idealized approach to life that no one can live up to, but to provide a perspective that discredits the doctrinaire beliefs of an anthropocentric universe or spiritualty.
To published in 2015.