I recently read 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction by Rebecca Goldstein and it’s a trip! It’s the first book in a long time that had me thoroughly engrossed.
Briefly, it’s the story of an “atheist with a soul” remembering and returning to people and experiences that awakened within him a desire to understand religion and religious experience.
I must admit, Goldstein’s writing can sometimes be a little cerebral. (I read the book with a highlighter in one hand, ready to mark words that I had to go look up in a dictionary.) But it is also full of humor and wonder and emotion. I felt like the characters had depth and was able to relate to many of the struggles of spirit and mind. There is an intensity to the writing that can leave you a bit breathless, moving the story forward at a very steady pace and keeping the reader totally enthralled.
As an appendix, Goldstein has included 36 well-versed arguments for the existence of God and their flaws. It makes for a great follow-up to the story and enables the reader to continue the dialogue between reason and religion on their own.
Highly recommended if you want a book that will make you laugh and think.
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