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No One Sees God

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  69 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Surveying the contemporary religious landscape, the division between atheist and believer seems stark. However, having long struggled to understand the purpose of life and the meaning of suffering, Michael Novak finds the reality of spiritual life far different from the rhetorical war presented by bestselling atheists and the defenders of the faith who oppose them.
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Published August 5th 2008 by Doubleday Religion (first published 2008)
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I have given up on this book – at least for now. What initially attracted me to it was the title, No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers. I wondered what or how the author meant his claim. Certainly not biblically because of course Jesus was seen by many and there were also so many theophanies in the Old Testament. And that’s not even taking into account all the Church-approved apparitions of Jesus since those early times. So some have seen God.

But there is another way in whic
John Martindale
At the beginning of the book Novak dove right into a subject that is extremely interesting to me, about how no one sees God and about the dark night of the soul (which often last a life-time for some). He wrote about Mother Teresa and how most of her life she only felt God's absence, silence and cold shoulder. In Novak's view, this is the normal Christian life and what mature Christian should expect. Only immature Christians get to experience Christ intimately, experiencing his sweet nearness, e ...more
Simcha Wood
Michael Novak's No One Sees God is written, at least in part, and marketed as a response to the writings of the New Athiests (Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennet, and the late Christopher Hitchens) and as yet another publication salvo in the god wars. Its primary strength is that it is a remarkably civil and respectful book that genuinely seems to be attempting to reach not only those already inclined towards Novak's views on religion and secularism but also towards those more firmly entr ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with this one. Novak honestly acknowledges the grim reality of suffering, does not wave it away with platitudes but acknowledges it as a real and genuine theodicy that Christianity has really yet to overcome. I found myself liking this man a lot, a truly caring, compassionate and thoughtful person, one of the year's top five people I'd chose to sit down and have a coffee with. That said, I got frustrated with is very obstruct, abstract version of Christianity. The God that is not the ...more
Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book extremely interesting. I was sitting in a bookstore while Maddie was looking through the kids books and looked up and was intrigued by this book. It is written by a man who has obviously gone through a great spiritual discovery. (Went from Catholic priest to atheist to believer.) I thought what he had to share was wonderful and insightful. However, I must warn, it reads like a doctoral thesis in philosophy, so it can be very dense. Plus, some of his arguments are flawed. But I ...more
Sara J.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful. Possibly for seekers of truth or those merely trying to make heads or tails of secularism and relativity. Made me aware of other avenues to walk down. And that oft times the point is not self defence (or even tolerance) but self denial and understanding.
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Epistemology of the ineffable ?
Up to 3 stars: very thought provoking! ...but also just plain provoking as well. With much bad reasoning and rhetoric, this was neither the congenial nor compelling discussion it pretends, on it's cover and in the reviews of it's fervent adherents, to be. I found contradiction in Novak's off-handedly co-opting science and later mounting direct attacks on the same ideas. He glibly accepts (trumpets!) "laws [of physics:] all the way down" but pokes fun at "turtles al
all the rational arguments for and against the existence of god is indeed present in this volume. both sides presented fairly with a summary world view toward faith in god predominating but meanwhile the fact of both sides of the atheist-believers legitimate discussion is present. well done. historical context e.g. aristotelian background also included. recommended but only if this is a subject that grips your heart and your mind.

i did find that i had to read the book in small batches otherwise
Johnny Story
Oct 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Atheists, Deists, agnostic, and
"Even if no one yet possesses the truth, we must agree that the presentation of evidence through reasoned argument is the most reliable path for coming closer to the truth." This book is more for research than anything else. It's been a long time since I've actually had to think. I thank Novak for that. The key to this book is it not found in the Christianity section in the book store, as opposed to the Atheist section. It is Comparative Religion. I'd venture into the details of some of the argu ...more
Gerhard Peters
This was a good book to read. Having read a few of Novak's other books I would say that this one was not as good but still enjoyable. Novak is one of the best writer out there.
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Michael Novak is an American Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and diplomat. He is George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute

Novak served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1981 and 1982 and led the U.S. delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 19
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