Does God Exist?: A History of Answers to the Question, By W. David Beck
Does God Exist?
  • Length: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: March 09, 2021
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 5300
  • ISBN: 9780830853007

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Does God exist?

Throughout the history of philosophical and theological reflection, this fundamental question has prompted a range of responses.

In one incisive volume, philosopher W. David Beck offers a narrative of pre-Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic arguments for God's existence. Here, readers will encounter both classical and contemporary arguments, including cosmological, teleological, moral, and ontological arguments along with commentary from the author.

Explore the history of answers to an essential question and add your own reflections to this ongoing conversation.

"There are lots of books available on the existence of God, but few, if any, that do a good job of presenting all the key arguments in a historical and contemporary way. Professor Beck's book Does God Exist? is a rare exception. It is important to realize that, setting aside a disdain for old books, a careful study of an argument as it develops in the history of philosophy is more than a mere expression of intellectual curiosity. Much can be learned from the past that is of immense contemporary importance. Beck is a well-respected philosopher and brings decades of teaching and research to this book. I highly recommend it."

J. P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and author of Scientism and Secularism

"Finally! A single volume that contains as a historical narrative a compendium of arguments pertaining to God's existence—pro, con, and from most religious perspectives—all under one cover. Fantastic! Highly recommended!"

Gary R. Habermas, distinguished research professor of apologetics and philosophy at Liberty University

"In this herculean effort, David Beck has written a superb guide and rich resource on the major arguments for God's existence. Not only does he astutely summarize the breadth of positions articulated by particular thinkers on the respective arguments—pro and con—but he includes much material from primary sources, which significantly enhances the value of this volume. A fine achievement!"

Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, coauthor of The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas



1. The Beginnings of the Arguments
2. Cosmological Arguments
3. Teleological Arguments
4. Moral Arguments
5. Ontological Arguments
6. The End of the Story—For Now


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W. David Beck

W. David Beck (PhD, Boston University) is emeritus professor of philosophy at Liberty University. He is the coeditor of Raised on the Third Day: Defending the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus, and his written work has appeared in publications including Philosophia Christi, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and Christianity Today.