Award-winning novelist and MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s new “rollicking . . . . Irreverent and witty” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction is going on sale from Pantheon Books this Tuesday, January 12. Check out this sneak peak of the 36 arguments right now!
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Through the enchantment of fiction, Goldstein shows that the tension between religion and doubt cannot be understood through rational argument alone. It also must be explored from the point of view of individual people caught in the raptures and torments of religious experience in all their variety.
Praise for 36 Arguments for the Existence of God
“You do not have to perpetrate an act of faith to confront the question of why there is something rather than nothing. It is faith itself that consists of nothing. Rebecca Goldstein, on the other hand, is quite something.” —Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great
“Rebecca Newberger Goldstein does it all. She has written a hilarious novel about people’s existential agonies, a page-turner about the intellectual mysteries that obsess them. The characters in 36 Arguments For the Existence of God explore the great moral issues of our day in a novel that is deeply moving and a joy to read.”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
“Comic and supremely witty, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God is both a satire of the academic world and a feast of philosophical and religious ideas.”
—Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’ s Dreams
“A remarkable novel—as entertaining as it is illuminating—savagely funny in its characterizations, brilliant in its contemplation of the self and the sublime. This is a timely and timeless book and definitive proof of Rebecca’s Goldstein’s protean intellect and engaging talent.” —Jess Walter, The Zero
“MacArthur fellow Goldstein, philosopher and writer, continues her many-faceted inquiry into the nature of genius and the intersection between religion and science, returning to fiction (Properties of Light, 2000) and ramping up her gifts for radiant humor and the transmutation of metaphysics, mathematics, and Jewish mysticism into narrative gold. Goldstein is entrancing and unfailingly affectionate toward her brilliant yet bumbling seekers in this elegant yet uproarious novel.” —Booklist
“Goldstein has the wherewithal to discuss a hot topic—where our religious impulses originate and how they shape us.” —Library Journal