36 Arguments for the Existence of God

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36 Arguments for the Existence of God (A Work of Fiction) is a 2010 novel by Rebecca Goldstein. It concerns the events surrounding the fictional author of the book The Varieties of Religious Illusion, which contains an appendix of 36 arguments and their refutations. The novel 36 Arguments reproduces this appendix as an appendix of its own.

The arguments

  1. The cosmological argument
  2. The ontological argument
  3. The argument from design
  4. The argument from the Big Bang (a variant of the cosmological argument)
  5. The argument from the fine-tuning of physical constants
  6. The argument from the beauty of physical laws (a variant of the argument from comprehensibility)
  7. The argument from cosmic coincidences
  8. The argument from personal coincidences
  9. The argument from the efficacy of prayer
  10. The argument from a wonderful life
  11. The argument from miracles
  12. The argument from the hard problem of consciousness (a variant of the argument from consciousness)
  13. The argument from the improbable self
  14. The argument from survival after death
  15. The argument from the inconceivability of personal annihilation
  16. The argument from moral truth
  17. The argument from altruism
  18. The argument from free will
  19. The argument from personal purpose
  20. The argument from the intolerability of insignificance (variant of the argument from the meaning of life)
  21. The argument from the consensus of humanity
  22. The argument from the consensus of mystics (a variant of the common consent argument for the existence of God)
  23. The argument from holy books
  24. The argument from perfect justice
  25. The argument from suffering
  26. The argument from the survival of the Jews
  27. The argument from the upward curve of history
  28. The argument from prodigious genius
  29. The Argument from Human Knowledge of Infinity (variant of the argument from the origin of the idea of God))
  30. The argument from mathematical reality
  31. The Argument from Decision Theory (Pascal's Wager)
  32. The argument from pragmatism (William James’s Leap of Faith)
  33. The argument from the unreasonableness of reason
  34. The argument from sublimity
  35. The argument from the intelligibility of the universe (Spinoza’s God)
  36. The argument from the abundance of arguments

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