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Perhaps human beings are animals, driven by the will to survive and reproduce, perhaps responsibility is a useful fiction and religion is the opium of the masses. Perhaps death is the end, life is ultimately meaningless, brutish and short. Perhaps man is the measure of all things and beauty, truth and justice are open to interpretation. Or, perhaps not. God matters. The choice over whether and what to believe is inescapable because it determines how we live our lives. Nothing matters more. This book encourages and enables students and general readers to ask fundamental questions about the nature and meaning of human life in an open, engaging but academically rigorous way.
Centuries of scholarship in the Philosophy of Religion, from Jewish and Muslim as well as Christian traditions, are put in context and critically evaluated. Examples from art, film, and literature show the contemporary relevance of debates which have raged throughout human history. www.what-matters.org provides recommendations for further reading, a rich anthology of primary texts, questions for discussion and related activities.
"A perfect springboard from which to launch an essential journey to contemplate truth." Janet Thomson (Vice Principal & Head of RE, Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone)"This book is the embodiment of the authors; engaging and intellectually stimulating!" Gerard McNulty (Religious Education Coordinator, Mount Carmel College, Hobart)"
Exactly what I was hoping to find for my students to encourage and stimulate learning in this intellectually rigorous and demanding subject." Christien Bembridge (Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy, St Peter's School, York)"
It certainly made me think and I recommend this book to those people that are seeking a better understanding of the mysteries of life". Diana Parsk (Chairman of the Banstead 5 Churches and RE teacher at St. Bede's Ecumenical School, Redhill)
"To provide breadth, depth, rigour and accessibility all in one introductory text is quite an achievement, but it is one that Peter and Charlotte Vardy have managed. It really is an excellent read!" Roger Meadowcroft (Head of Religion & Philosophy, The Royal Grammar School, Guildford)
"a book for intelligent students who want to expand what they know of belief and unbelief. Whether they are believers or not they will find after reading God Matters that they have sounder reasons for their position and a lot more questions." Dr Graham English (Senior Lecturer in Religious Education, The Australian Catholic University)
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