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The Problem with GodWhy Atheists, True Believers, and Even Agnostics Must All Be Wrong$
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Peter Steinberger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163545

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163545.001.0001

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not Enough?

(p.167) Afterword
The Problem with God

Peter J. Steinberger

Columbia University Press

This afterword recommends additional reading materials that provide a more extensive introduction to idea that God does or does not exist. A good place to begin would be Book Lambda of Aristotle's Metaphysics, where we encounter the notion of an Unmoved Mover. A classic statement of the claim that “nothing comes from nothing” was provided by Lucretius in On the Nature of Things. For a canonical statement of the cosmological argument within the Abrahamic—that is, the Judeo-Christian-Islamic—tradition, one may consider Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica, First Part, Question 2, Article 3. Other recommended readings include John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding, David Hume's Dialogues on Natural Religion, J. L. Mackie's The Miracle of Belief, Bede Rundle's Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, and William Lane Craig and Quentin Smith's Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology.

Keywords:   religion, God, Aristotle, Unmoved Mover, Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, John Locke, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, cosmology

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