The Great Perhaps

God as a Question

By (author) Burton F. Porter

Hardback - £38.00

Publication date:

16 April 2015

Length of book:

292 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442247215

God created man in his own image; but did man perhaps return the compliment? The question of God's existence has been a pivotal issue for every civilization. Those with faith in God want assurance that their belief is justified, and atheists want confirmation that God is nowhere to be found. When we reflect on religion, we want to know the reasons for belief in God, or whether belief is only a comforting delusion. In an age of science, will religion persist or will it be edged out of our consciousness and become a historical curiosity?

Burton Porter approaches the notion of God in an open, yet critical way, examining the argumentation used by centuries of human society to support or reject the existence of God. With minimum assumptions and maximum objectivity, Porter debates whether the religious view does, in fact, diagram reality. He examines the roles that God and religion have played in the ethics, art, and actions of many diverse cultures to conclude that, at the very least, the consideration of the existence of a higher power is fundamental to us all.

A one-stop shop for those who seek to be thoughtful about the divine, The Great Perhaps provides a thorough discussion of the central issues and problems of the spiritual thinker, exploring them in a sympathetic manner without being blind to their challenges. Unique in its global vision, the book relates philosophical concerns to everyday common sense. The reader will come away not merely with a history of the subject, but also with a sense of its contemporary pressing issues, strengths, and concerns.