Meaning and Mystery offers a challenge to the way Philosophy has traditionally approached the issue of belief in God as a theoretical problem, proposing instead a form of reflection more appropriate to the practical nature of the issue. Makes use of abundant illustrative material, from both literature, such as Les Misérables, Edwin Abott’s Flatland, Yann

Meaning and Mystery offers a challenge to the way Philosophy has traditionally approached the issue of belief in God as a theoretical problem, proposing instead a form of reflection more appropriate to the practical nature of the issue. Makes use of abundant illustrative material, from both literature, such as Les Misérables, Edwin Abott’s Flatland, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and Leo Tolstoy’s A Confession, and popular culture, such as advertisements, the television series Joan of Arcadia and the film Stranger Than FictionUses imaginative scenarios to offer explanations of central conceptsIncorporates theories on human thought and behavior in exploring the formation of religious beliefWritten in a style that is accessible to readers with little background knowledge of philosophy

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J. Ebersole says:

Got Life-Orienting Story? Instead of reducing faith to a pathology, David Holley’s book Meaning and Mystery explains, through rigorous research and accessible prose, why human beings need a life-orienting story – a guiding script (primarily written with the ink of faith) – to experience our lives in a fulfilling way. The book is timely for our disenchanted age. Long ago, Modernism boldly dragged God into the court-room, examined and cross-examined him into a fine powder, then left us with a Winter of Facts. Holley has a…

Bruce Ballard says:

One of the most important books in years David Holley has written one of the most important books in recent years. I was going to say ‘one of the most important books on the topic in years’ but since the topic is of first importance, the larger claim is warranted. What is so important about the book? First and perhaps most crucially, Holley distinguishes the third-person and theoreticsl metaphysical question of God’s existence and the practical question of whether a particular religous tradition, with its more detailed and personal…

RICHARD E. CREEL says:

A watershed point of view David Holley’s Meaning & Mystery is, in my judgment, a watershed book. It explains worldviews (including naturalistic worldviews as well as religious worldviews) as “life-orienting stories” intended to help us make sense of our lives and live them meaningfully. This integration of meaning, outlook, and value is a practical enterprise. Choosing between life-orienting stories should be understood not as an objective decision-making process; objective data cannot enable us to choose between…

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