God Exists, but Gawd Does Not

From Evil to New Atheism to Fine-Tuning

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David Ray Griffin
Theological Explorations, Volume II
  • Anoka, MN: 
    Process Century Press
    , April
     344 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


From Evil to New Atheism and Fine-Tuning

“God” has been the most embattled idea in the modern world. The lives of many people revolve around God; without God, they believe, life would be unbearable. Others regard the idea of God as the worst, most destructive, idea ever invented. The one group finds the evidence for God overwhelming; the other group finds the same for atheism. The debate has centered around the idea of God as the creator of the world. Many philosophers, theologians, and scientists have assumed that, if we would simply add up the good arguments for and against the existence of God, we could reach agreement, one way or the other. But in this book, David Ray Griffin argues that progress on this issue will be impossible unless we distinguish between two radically different ideas of a divine creator, which he calls “Gawd” and “God.” Whereas there is overwhelming evidence against the existence of Gawd, there is also overwhelming evidence for the reality of God. After looking at this evidence, the book illustrates the importance of this distinction for the issue of climate change.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies. He has published (as author or editor) more than 35 books in theology, philosophy, philosophy of religion, the relation between science and religion, and social and political issues.

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