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Author: Mortimer J. Adler
ISBN: 0020160224
Language: English
Pages: 180 pages
Category: Religious Studies
Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (July 16, 1991)
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Adler was a conservative 20th century philosopher who wrote books about philosophy for the average reader .

Adler was a conservative 20th century philosopher who wrote books about philosophy for the average reader which do not require graduate degrees in philosophy to follow

How to Think About God: A Guide for the 20th-Century Pagan (1980). Adler, Mortimer J (1986), A Guidebook to Learning: For the Lifelong Pursuit of Wisdom, New York: Macmillan, p. 8. .

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Adler offers a cosmological argument for the existence of God. His argument is as follows: " 1. The existence of an effect requiring the concurrent existence and action of an efficient cause implies the existence and action of that cause. 2 The cosmos as a whole exists . to preserve it in being and prevent it from being replaced by nothingness.

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HOWTOTHINK ABOUT GOD A Guide for the 20th-Century Pagan . One who does not worship the God of Christians, Jews, or Muslims; iTTe/igi01lS persons. Macmillan publishing c. inc. new york. Collier macmillan publishers london. No pm of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any (orm or by any means. electronic or mechanical, including pho[op copying, recording or by any infonnation storage and retrieval system, without pc:nnission in writing from the Publisher.

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Born in New York, Mortimer Adler was educated at Columbia University. Mortimer J. Adler died June 28, 2001 at his home in San Mateo, California at the age of 98. Later as a philosophy instructor there, he taught in a program focused on the intellectual foundations of Western civilization.

Mortimer Adler published this book as "a guide for the 20th-century pagan As a prerequisite to his argument for the existence of God Adler assumes that the cosmos may be infinite in time.

Mortimer Adler published this book as "a guide for the 20th-century pagan. At that time he considered himself a pagan (. one who does not worship the God of Christians, Jews, or Muslims"). As a prerequisite to his argument for the existence of God Adler assumes that the cosmos may be infinite in time.

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Adler, in his discussion, extends and modernizes the argument for the existence of God developed by Aristotle and Aquinas. How to Speak How to Listen by Mortimer J. Adler - Practical information for learning how to speak and listen more effectively. Without relying on faith. With over half a million copies in. Explains the fundamental principles of communicating through speech, with sections on such specialized presentations as the sales talk, the lecture, and question-and-answer sessions and advice on effective listening and learning by discussion.

Dr. Adler, in his discussion, extends and modernizes the argument for the existence of God developed by Aristotle and Aquinas. Without relying on faith, mysticism, or science (none of which, according to Dr. Adler, can prove or disprove the existence of God), he uses a rationalist argument to lead the reader to a point where he or she can see that the existence of God is not necessarily dependent upon a suspension of disbelief. Dr. Adler provides a nondogmatic exposition of the principles behind the belief that God, or some other supernatural cause, has to exist in some form. Through concise and lucid arguments, Dr. Adler shapes a highly emotional and often erratic conception of God into a credible and understandable concept for the lay person.
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Envias
I read this book to try to understand why theists believed in God (a logic that completely escaped me). This book moved me from atheist to agnostic because its very good criticisms of the atheist philosophy. If you read this book honestly, you'll find that many of the criticisms that true atheists have toward Christianity are hypocritical. If you are irritated by the arrogance of theists saying they "know the truth," you'll start to recognize you are doing the same thing. That was the key to shifting me to agnostic. At the time, the second half of the book (essentially pro-theistic where the first half was essentially anti-atheistic) didn't impress me at all.
Barinirm
Dr. Adler (RIP) makes improtant and complex ideas accessible to the likes of common people as me (I'm 2/3 through my 3rd read). This examination of the existance of God does not require adherence to any religious dogma. It makes a case for the existance of God beyond a reasonable doubt or at least the preponderance of the evidence. While it makes the case for the exictance of a "clock maker." It does not make any claims about his/her moral goodness. For that you need to sign on to belief in a religious doctrine. I hope others enjoy this work as much as I have.
Oveley
Excellent book, as is anything penned by this author. How rare voices like his are in this day... Excellent service, product better than described. Vey pleased with all aspects of this transaction.
Steel_Blade
I am so happy to have found this book.
Rleyistr
excellent
Taulkree
Adler offers a cosmological argument for the existence of God. His argument is as follows:
"
1. The existence of an effect requiring the concurrent existence and action of an efficient cause implies the existence and action of that cause.
2 The cosmos as a whole exists.
3. The existence of the cosmos is radically contingent...it...does need an efficient cause...to preserve it in being and prevent it from being replaced by nothingness.
4. If the cosmos needs an efficient cause of its continuing existence to prevent its annihilation, then that cause must be a supernatural being...God
"
He further contends that, of his four premises, only #3, the radical contingency of the cosmos (RCC), is controversial. He attempts to support this premise by stating the following:

“That which cannot be otherwise also cannot not exist, and conversely, what necessarily exists cannot be otherwise than it is. The truth that is the thin thread on which the cosmological argument hangs runs parallel to the truth just stated. Whatever can be otherwise than it is can also simply not be at all. A cosmos which can be otherwise is one that also can not be; and conversely, a cosmos that is capable of not existing at all is one that can be otherwise than it now is.” (p. 144, emphasis original)

However, this sub-argument for Adler's most controversial premise is not valid. Take the following:

A=”The cosmos cannot be other than it is”
B=”The cosmos cannot not exist”
-A=Not A=“It is not the case that the cosmos cannot be other than it is” = “It is the case that the cosmos can be other than it is.”
-B=Not B=“It is not the case that the cosmos cannot not exist.” = “It is possible for the cosmos to not exist (i.e, it is not metaphysically necessary that it exist).”

Adler says: “That which cannot be otherwise also cannot not exist. ”This translates to: “If A, then B.” Let’s call this “Conditional X”

Then Adler says: “A cosmos which can be otherwise is one that also can not be (that is, does not have to be).” This translates to: If -A, then -B.” Let’s call this “Conditional Y”

“Conditional Y” is the inverse of “Conditional X.” Formal logic dictates that if Conditional X is true, it does not necessarily follow that its inverse (Conditional Y) is also true. It may be true, it may be false, but the inverse of Conditional X (i.e., Conditional Y) is not simply true in virtue of being its inverse. The fact that the cosmos can be different than it is, whether in some superficial or some fundamental way, does not in itself demonstrate that it is possible for the cosmos to not exist. Hence, Adler’s argument rests on the unsubstantiated assertion that it is possible for the universe to not exist. It is quite ironic that he spends the better part of the book arguing that classical forms of the cosmological argument must be avoided because they are question-begging only to finally deliver an argument that is just as question-begging in its own right.

The book as a whole is incredibly verbose and belabored (even at only 175 pages). He uses paragraphs to say what could be said in sentences and pages to say what could be said in paragraphs, frequently re-stating a point over 2-3 consecutive sentences. The entire argument could be laid out in one moderate sized chapter with no loss of information. Perhaps this is Adler's way of making doubly sure that no one is left behind in tracking his argument, but it may be that his goal is quite different: to gradually lull us into the false sense that Adler's logic could not be question-begging--because Adler so clearly and frequently insists on the need to to avoid this sin of reasoning--when, in fact, it is.
Kage
It was lots of fun reading. But must clarify that it is not a simple book to read. What made me love it? Well, motivated me to read more on the subject of the proof of God by rational thought.
Adler displays his brilliant metaphysical mind.