No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers

No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers

Michael Novak / Jun 18, 2019

No One Sees God The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers Surveying the contemporary religious landscape the division between atheist and believer seems stark However having long struggled to understand the purpose of life and the meaning of suffering Mic

  • Title: No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers
  • Author: Michael Novak
  • ISBN: 9780385526104
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Surveying the contemporary religious landscape, the division between atheist and believer seems stark However, having long struggled to understand the purpose of life and the meaning of suffering, Michael Novak finds the reality of spiritual life far different from the rhetorical war presented by bestselling atheists and the defenders of the faith who oppose them.In No OnSurveying the contemporary religious landscape, the division between atheist and believer seems stark However, having long struggled to understand the purpose of life and the meaning of suffering, Michael Novak finds the reality of spiritual life far different from the rhetorical war presented by bestselling atheists and the defenders of the faith who oppose them.In No One Sees God, Novak brilliantly recasts the tired debate pitting faith against reason Both the atheist and the believer experience the same dark night in which God s presence seems absent, he argues, and the conflict between faith and doubt stems not from objective differences, but from divergent attitudes toward the unknown Drawing from his lifelong passion for philosophy and his personal struggles with belief, he shows that, far from being irrational, the spiritual perspective actually provides the most satisfying answers to the eternal questions of meaning Faith is a challenge at times, but it nonetheless offers the only fully coherent response to the human experience.Ultimately, No One Sees God offers believers and unbelievers the opportunity to find common ground by acknowledging the complicated reality of the human struggle with doubt Novak provides a stirring defense of the Christian worldview, while sidestepping the shrill tone that so often characterizes the discussion of faith, and given the challenges faced in the present age, all who value liberty will find hope in his new way of conversing.

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      • Michael Novak

        Michael Novak is an American Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and diplomat He is George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise InstituteNovak served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1981 and 1982 and led the U.S delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1986.In 1993 Novak was honored with an honorary doctorate degree at Universidad Francisco Marroqu n due to his commitment to the idea of liberty In 1994 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.


    433 Comments

    1. I have given up on this book – at least for now. What initially attracted me to it was the title, No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers. I wondered what or how the author meant his claim. Certainly not biblically because of course Jesus was seen by many and there were also so many theophanies in the Old Testament. And that’s not even taking into account all the Church-approved apparitions of Jesus since those early times. So some have seen God.But there is another way in [...]


    2. At the beginning of the book Novak dove right into a subject that is extremely interesting to me, about how no one sees God and about the dark night of the soul (which often last a life-time for some). He wrote about Mother Teresa and how most of her life she only felt God's absence, silence and cold shoulder. In Novak's view, this is the normal Christian life and what mature Christian should expect. Only immature Christians get to experience Christ intimately, experiencing his sweet nearness, e [...]


    3. Michael Novak's No One Sees God is written, at least in part, and marketed as a response to the writings of the New Athiests (Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennet, and the late Christopher Hitchens) and as yet another publication salvo in the god wars. Its primary strength is that it is a remarkably civil and respectful book that genuinely seems to be attempting to reach not only those already inclined towards Novak's views on religion and secularism but also towards those more firmly entr [...]


    4. I struggled with this one. Novak honestly acknowledges the grim reality of suffering, does not wave it away with platitudes but acknowledges it as a real and genuine theodicy that Christianity has really yet to overcome. I found myself liking this man a lot, a truly caring, compassionate and thoughtful person, one of the year's top five people I'd chose to sit down and have a coffee with. That said, I got frustrated with is very obstruct, abstract version of Christianity. The God that is not the [...]


    5. I found this book extremely interesting. I was sitting in a bookstore while Maddie was looking through the kids books and looked up and was intrigued by this book. It is written by a man who has obviously gone through a great spiritual discovery. (Went from Catholic priest to atheist to believer.) I thought what he had to share was wonderful and insightful. However, I must warn, it reads like a doctoral thesis in philosophy, so it can be very dense. Plus, some of his arguments are flawed. But I [...]


    6. Insightful. Possibly for seekers of truth or those merely trying to make heads or tails of secularism and relativity. Made me aware of other avenues to walk down. And that oft times the point is not self defence (or even tolerance) but self denial and understanding.


    7. Epistemology of the ineffable ?Up to 3 stars: very thought provoking! but also just plain provoking as well. With much bad reasoning and rhetoric, this was neither the congenial nor compelling discussion it pretends, on it's cover and in the reviews of it's fervent adherents, to be. I found contradiction in Novak's off-handedly co-opting science and later mounting direct attacks on the same ideas. He glibly accepts (trumpets!) "laws [of physics:] all the way down" but pokes fun at "turtles all t [...]


    8. all the rational arguments for and against the existence of god is indeed present in this volume. both sides presented fairly with a summary world view toward faith in god predominating but meanwhile the fact of both sides of the atheist-believers legitimate discussion is present. well done. historical context e.g. aristotelian background also included. recommended but only if this is a subject that grips your heart and your mind. i did find that i had to read the book in small batches otherwise [...]


    9. "Even if no one yet possesses the truth, we must agree that the presentation of evidence through reasoned argument is the most reliable path for coming closer to the truth." This book is more for research than anything else. It's been a long time since I've actually had to think. I thank Novak for that. The key to this book is it not found in the Christianity section in the book store, as opposed to the Atheist section. It is Comparative Religion. I'd venture into the details of some of the argu [...]


    10. This was a good book to read. Having read a few of Novak's other books I would say that this one was not as good but still enjoyable. Novak is one of the best writer out there.


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