Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires & Emotions for Faith

Existential Reasons for Belief in God A Defense of Desires Emotions for Faith Lived faith involves than doctrines evidences and rational coherence In this book philosopher Clifford Williams puts forth an argument as to why certain needs desires and emotions have a legitimate

  • Title: Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires & Emotions for Faith
  • Author: Clifford Williams
  • ISBN: 9780830838998
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lived faith involves than doctrines, evidences and rational coherence In this book philosopher Clifford Williams puts forth an argument as to why certain needs, desires and emotions have a legitimate place in drawing people into faith in God Addressing the strongest objections to these types of reasons, he shows how the personal and experiential aspects of belief plLived faith involves than doctrines, evidences and rational coherence In this book philosopher Clifford Williams puts forth an argument as to why certain needs, desires and emotions have a legitimate place in drawing people into faith in God Addressing the strongest objections to these types of reasons, he shows how the personal and experiential aspects of belief play an important part in coming to faith and in remaining a believing person These existential elements are neither irrelevant to belief nor do they undermine the legitimacy of a reasoned faith, as critics often charge and Williams shows why Here is a much needed complement to evidential approaches to apologetics.

    • Unlimited [Fiction Book] ↠ Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires & Emotions for Faith - by Clifford Williams ê
      136 Clifford Williams
    • thumbnail Title: Unlimited [Fiction Book] ↠ Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires & Emotions for Faith - by Clifford Williams ê
      Posted by:Clifford Williams
      Published :2020-07-25T06:08:37+00:00

    About “Clifford Williams”

    1. Clifford Williams

      Clifford Williams teaches philosophy at Wheaton College in Illinois His blog on death, suicide, and the meaning of life is at cliffordwilliams thoughts

    624 thoughts on “Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires & Emotions for Faith”

    1. I have been doing some writing on God and belief in God for a few projects, and so I was very interested when I received a review copy of a new book by IVP called Existential Reasons for Belief in God. The book's thesis is simple, Williams contends that needs, emotions and desires are all valid parts of faith, and quite essential in many cases. This thesis is quite different from the ways I've heard belief in God presented before (you must believe intellectually in a list of facts) yet consisten [...]


    2. If you ever wanted to impress people simply by the title of the book you're carrying around, I don't think you could do much better than Existential Reasons for Belief in God by Clifford Williams. However, that same intimidating title makes your job harder if you want to encourage people to read it. (For the record, I do want to do the latter and don't want to do the former.)I am always game for new takes and approaches to Christian apologetics, and this one certainly fits the bill. While most s [...]


    3. I have to admit. I am not impartial about anything written or said by Dr. Clifford Williams. Dr. Williams my professor in my Honors Introduction to Philosophy class my freshman year at Trinity International University. He was, infact, the teacher of the first class I ever took in college. His class was wonderful. It led a friend of mine to decide he was going to major in philosophy. And it taught us all how important it was to bring together the life of the mind and the life of faith.It is no wo [...]


    4. I was very surprised by the actual helpfulness of this book. I was expecting a low-grade, squishy version of apologetics. Not so. Williams is a sophisticated philosopher that warns his readers not to disregard the existential elements of faith - not just for persuading unbelievers, but also in understanding the nuances of existing faith in believers. A little overly analytical or psychologized in spots, but over all I liked it.


    5. It's a decent book. The argument boils down to, "William James is right that not everyone feels the need for God, and so the existential argument does not apply for such people, but let me try best to include as many people as possible in that category of people who feel the need for God by stretching the definitions of feel and need." Some arguments are more persuasive than others. I am inclined to recognize James' limit as ideal.




    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *