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God: A Guide for the Perplexed

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  14 reviews
This title charts the path of humankind's great spiritual odyssey: the search for God. Along this ancient and much-debated route, the reader will encounter philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein and religions from Judaism to the Hindu tradition, interspersed with diverse influences from Classical Greece, Romantic poetry, and the occasional scene from Alien. Leading the wa ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published March 13th 2002 by One World (UK)
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Paul Bryant
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In the teeth of the hurricane that blows upon all humans, the storm of bedevilments great and small that murders our peace of mind, that bewilders us and makes us think this is a world of random cruelty where war is easy and peace too hard, where when we beat back death from our front door he quickly runs in through the back window to stare at our family and run his hands through their hair, a world where it seems only

Have you ever finished a book and thought to yourself, "Does this guy know everything?"

That's the feeling I ended up with at the conclusion of Keith Ward's magisterial tour of theology and philosophy from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present.

This was not a quick read, mainly because Ward is exploring difficult and profound ideas -- Does God exist? If so, what is God's nature? Does God have a plan for the universe, and what is it? How does one explain the existence of evil? Can God be om
Derek Parsons
This was a fascinating reading which addresses primarily the nature of God from an anthropological and philosophical viewpoint. Mr. Ward is an Anglican Priest, a Regius (crown appointed) Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, canon of Christ Church, and Fellow of the British other words, he's got some theological and academic chops. The First two chapters look at the idea of the Divine through history and various cultures. The remainder of the book marches through Wester ...more
One of if not the best book for learning about God and perspectives from many faiths and philosophies (of course, more time spent on the Judeo-Christian view of God, seeing as the author is an Anglican Priest). THis book literally changed my life.
Jason , etc.
Jun 11, 2008 Jason , etc. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: Anyone
A explanation of who and what God has philosophically represented to generations of humanity, told with the tongue-in-cheek dry humor of an Englishman. THAT'S why it's so good.
Robert C.
I have always kinda thought that God was God and that the concept of God didn't start at any particular time or has changed at any time since ... never; but this book has really opened my eyes.

It seems that through the years, different people have had different ideas about God and that these ideas have then been used by (I was going to say 'the major religions', but actually, this is pretty much all about one religion) Christians to define God.

Christians picked up the Jewish God, inserted a bit
Ward is an entertaining and fair writer, who discusses seven ways of thinking about God: as (1) the powers of being, (2) the one beyond speech, (3) the perfect good, (4) the self-existent creator, (5) the self-realizing spirit, (6) the ultimate goodness of being, and (7) the personal ground of being. All along the way Ward draws on such diverse thinkers as the ancient Greeks, Hebrew prophets, Descartes, Otto, Plato, Aquinas, Kant, Augustine, Aristotle, Anselm, Hegel, Whitehead, Kierkegaard, Witt ...more
Steven Colborne
I am always on the lookout for books that are gripping, stimulating, and moving (aren’t we all!). It is not enough for me when a book is clever. And Keith Ward’s book ‘God: A Guide for the Perplexed’ is certainly clever, but unfortunately not affecting in the ways that I am looking for.

As the title suggests, this is a book all about God. Ward does his best to try to offer many perspectives from the history of philosophy and religion in relation to this subject. Many of the big names of philosoph
Steve Morley
The opening chapters are quite promising, but when he comes to discussing particular philosophers it becomes very superficial, and he presents gross misreadings of Nietzsche and Hegel especially. It ends up being rather repetitive with a lame conclusion. I realise that none of this criticism is backed up with argument and examples,perhaps when I have more time.
Ronald Tardelly,s.x.
Bagaimana mempertanggungjawabkan iman akan Allah dalam ladang luas pemikiran filsafat sekular saat ini. Keith Ward dengan menarik berusaha mempertanggungjawabkan itu dengan menelusuri sejara filsafat antik hingga kontemporer. Apakah dia berhasil mengatasi kebingungan kita atau...? bacalah lebih lanjut. Saya copy buku ini di perpustakaan STF Driyarkara - Jakarta
David Mortimer
For those like me whose knowledge of the development of religious thought is sketchy this is a very good read. Also helpful in explaining the thinking that led to each new stage of belief. At times challenging but overall a book that helped me enormously in understanding and working with the ideas involved. Well written and refreshingly humorous in places.
A superb summary of the history of religious thought. Has the best, most understandable summaries I've seen of the philosophies of Hegel, Whitehead, Wittgenstein, Kierkegaard, and others. Ward is superb writer. This is the third or fourth book of his I've read, and I've benefitted from every one.
Tariq Mahmood
Lovely book if you want to understand God based thought set in Europe. The book does resemble a collection of lectures though, lacks a single thread throughout. It is more of a reference book then a theme.
Good Writing, seems to focus mostly on a Christians God
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Keith Ward was formerly the Regius Professor of Divinity and Head of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford. A priest of the Church of England and Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, he holds Doctor of Divinity degrees from Cambridge and Oxford Universities. He has lectured at the universities of Glasgow, St. Andrew's and Cambridge.
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