The Ultimate Gamble

How did we come to exist? What, or who, created the universe? Was it simply an accident, or was it part of some divine plan? Discover the history of thought about the origins of the universe, by philosophers, theologians and scientists from around the world. This book helps you answer the question: does god exist?

The Ultimate Gamble is for open minded skeptics and for people who are looking for answers. If you are a believer, this book will help you understand your faith in a secular world, and help you share your faith with non-believers. The Ultimate Gamble is an easy read with 176 information-packed pages of figures, tables, images, personal anecdotes, and discussion questions.

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Table of Contents for The Ultimate Gamble:

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • About The Author
  • Table of Contents
  1. PERSONAL QUEST
    What Lies Ahead?
  2. MYTHOLOGICAL CREATION STORIES
    Types of Creation Myths
    Popul Vuh – The Maya Creation Story
    The Creation Story of Egyptian Mythology
    The Babylonian Creation Story
    The Creation Story of Greek Mythology
  3. ORIGIN OF RELIGION
    A Brief History of Religious Origins
    Evolution of Religious Traits
    Historical Evolution of a Religious Concept: Hell
  4. EASTERN THEOLOGY
    Taoism
    Hinduism
    Buddhism
  5. WESTERN THEOLOGY
    Judaism
    Christianity
    Islam
    Jesus in Islam
  6. WORLD-VIEWS IN A NUTSHELL
    Primer on Philosophy
    Primer on Science
    The Scientific World-View
  7. SCIENCE VERSUS RELIGION
    Genesis and the Origin of the Universe and Life
    What Does the Future Hold?
    Beware the God of the Gaps
  8. THEISM OR ATHEISM?
    Three Arguments for the Existence of God
    Atheism
    Pascal’s Wager
  9. WHAT IS YOUR WAGER?
    Theism and Free Will
    Moral and Ethical Behavior
    The Ultimate Gamble
  • Endnotes
  • References
  • Images

 

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