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36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (edição 2010)

por Rebecca Goldstein (Autor)

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Elevated to celebrity by his best-selling book, psychology professor Cass Seltzer finds his relationship with a fellow theorist challenged by a former girlfriend's invitation to join her biochemistry experiment in immortality, an effort that is further complicated by his ongoing quest to understand religion.… (mais)
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Título:36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
Autores:Rebecca Goldstein (Autor)
Informação:Pantheon (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 416 pages
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Etiquetas:higher education, Jewish culture, parody

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The books plot meanders. It jumps back without warning, switches perspectives jarringly, and in some spots (when the Yiddish and the Jewish mysticism get thrown at you) the tale gets downright confusing and the names nearly impossible to keep track of. However, the humor is pervasive and her ideas are big. One of the most interesting aspects is how Goldstein's characters are in no way trying to paint religion in a negative light - in fact, Cass goes to great pains to avoid doing so. Goldstein's argument is logical, not emotional.

The latter part of the book, an essay describing the 36 Arguments for God and the refutations are written concisely in stark contrast the novel before it. Every argument Goldstein presents is easily understood. An atheist would be hard pressed to find a better reference material if they're dragged into the age-old arguments: "Does God exist?" and "Can we be moral without God?" ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
About page 50 I didn't think I could continue - of the five main characters, three were unbearable to me. Fortunately one improved on acquaintance and the other two barely made an appearance. As her critics say, this author has a great feel for weaving philosophy into her fiction without weighing down the story. In this case, the philosophy (and psychology) of religion. I read this book at the same time as Bill Bryson's 'History of Nearly Everything' and coincidentally it turns out that they are complementary. Both ask 'Why are we here?' and '36' adds 'And what are we supposed to do about it?'. I don't think this author ever puts characters in more than one book but I wish she would write another featuring Azarya Sheiner, one of the most interesting fictional characters I've ever encountered. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Redeemed by the ending. Poorly organized and could have used some editing. Lots of loose ends. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
This is set in an American academic setting, with the characters all being stereotypes. They are all Pretentious and arrogant. Especially Jonas Elijah Klapper, with his tremendous ego. I guess this was deliberate. Cass Seltzer, the lead, is perhaps the only likable character along with the Rabbi and his son, the child prodigy.
In the appendix, 36 arguments for the existence of God are presented in order to be refuted. It isn’t very good either. They are mostly straw men. She trivializes the cosmological argument and also the even more dubious a priori ontological arguments and the refutations are more often than not silly.
This was recommended to me as a mathematical fiction but there isn’t really any math in it. But still, the book had its moments. There are some interesting ideas and I learned a lot about Hasidic Judaism.
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  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
Redeemed by the ending. Poorly organized and could have used some editing. Lots of loose ends. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
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Goldstein’s lofty psycho-religio-philosophical subtext, or rather metatext, doesn’t gray her roman à clef about love, Jewish cultural identity and academic infighting. She sews her philosophical inquiry to the material of everyday life.
 
The pleasures to be found in “36 Arguments for the Existence of God” are scattershot. But there are a great many of them, and this novel’s bracing intellectual energy never flags. Though it is finally more a work of showmanship than scholarship, it affirms Ms. Goldstein’s position as a satirist and a seeker of real moral questions at a time when silly ones prevail.
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