A Plausible God: Secular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology

Fordham Univ Press, 25 août 2009 - 203 pages
A philosopher of religion examines contemporary conceptions of God through close readings of three modern Jewish thinkers.

For centuries, the traditional God of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam has been under pressure to conform to the scientific worldview, giving rise to a “liberal” conception of God compatible with a naturalism. For many, this liberal “new” God is the only credible God. But is it a useful God? Does belief in so malleable a deity come from, or lead to, different political, moral, psychological, or aesthetic phenomena from atheism?

A Plausible God evaluates the new God by analyzing the theology of three recent Jewish thinkers —Mordechai Kaplan, Michael Lerner, and Arthur Green—and compares faith in the new God to disbelief in any gods. Mitchell Silver reveals what is at stake in the choice between naturalistic liberal theology and a nontheistic naturalism without gods. Silver poses the question: “If it is to be either the new God or no God, what does—what should—determine the choice?”

Although Jewish thinkers are used as the primary exemplars of new God theology, Silver explores developments in contemporary Christian thought, Eastern religious traditions, and “New Age” religion. A Plausible God constitutes a significant contribution to current discussions of the relationship between science and religion, as well as to discussions regarding the idea of God itself in modern life.

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The Ineffable
The Untenable God
Theories of Truth and Credibility
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Mitchell Silver teaches philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of Respecting the Wicked Child: A Philosophy of Secular Jewish Identity and Education.

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