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'Reflections,' a collection of essays by philosopher Emanuel Rutten

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Amsterdam, March 30, 2017

A collection of philosophical contributions by Emanuel Rutten has been compiled in Reflections and will be available in bookstores as of April 7, 2017. His reflections relate specifically to the Christian faith.

Dr. Emanuel Rutten (1973) is a researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Rutten is best known for his study of arguments for the existence of God, but also regularly appears in public debates with atheists such as Herman Philipse, Bas Haring, Maarten Boudry and soon Arjen Lubach.

These contributions of recent years deal with the question of the reasonableness of belief in God, suffering in the world, the personal Christian life, and, more generally, Christianity as a worldview.

Some quotes from the volume:
"Recently, there has again been frequent discussion of the (un)reasonableness of religious and secular worldviews, such as Christianity or materialism. Rarely, however, does this involve first discussing how we should reasonably evaluate worldviews."

"The evil that people do to each other, the suffering of many people in this world, overwhelms and disheartens us. Words fail us with the horrific reports that reach us almost daily in the media. How can we reconcile this with a belief in a good God? This question has preoccupied believers throughout the ages, and it still preoccupies us today."

"If God exists, then God hides himself very well from us. But God would never hide so well from mankind. It follows that God does not exist. Is this argument convincing?"

Info on this issue:
Author: Emanuel Rutten
ISBN: 9789082186994
Available: Expected
Printing: 1st edition
Product Form: Paperback
Language: Dutch
Publisher: City on a Mountain
Price: €15.95

The book will be available through all physical and online bookstores starting April 7, 2017.


Erwin de Ruiter

"One man tries to express himself in books, another in boots; both are likely to fail." - G.K. Chesterton

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