Friday, January 29, 2010

Rebecca Goldstein: 36 Arguments for the Existence of God

See the web site for Rebecca Goldstein's new novel, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction.

See also the page on 36 Arguments on Rebecca Newberger Goldstein's own web site.

When Goldstein appeared in Washington to promote her new book, she emphasized the subtitle, which renders the title deliberately ironic. The appendix to her novel catalogs the 36 arguments.

Rebecca Goldstein is a philosopher who turned to fiction with her first novel, The Mind-Body Problem. Since then she has written several works of fiction and non-fiction, the latter including an excellent book on Spinoza and an intellectual biography of Kurt Godel and his friendship with Einstein.

Here are a couple of reviews:

'36 Arguments' Poses Questions Of Faith, In Fiction by Maureen Corrigan
NPR, 20 Jan 2010

Trying to Paint the Deity by Numbers Against a Backdrop of Jewish Culture

By Janet Maslin
The New York Times, January 20, 2010

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