Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Where God Comes From: Reflections on…

Where God Comes From: Reflections on Science, Systems, and the Sublime (edition 2012)

by Ira Livingston

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
212,551,640 (4)None
Title:Where God Comes From: Reflections on Science, Systems, and the Sublime
Authors:Ira Livingston
Info:John Hunt Publishing (2012), Paperback, 205 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

Where God Comes From: Reflections on Science, Systems, and the Sublime by Ira Livingston

Recently added byPVUMCLibrary, DubiousDisciple



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

We humans are a curious lot, aren’t we? Always digging for meaning.

Ira Livingston once found a miracle message in a plate of noodles that tasted so incredibly good it overcame a deep funk. It was as if God had left a pick-me-up message just for him, embedded in noodles. As the Jews and Chinese say, Food is Love.

From noodly transubstantiation, Ira progresses to a million dollar question: Where does God come from?

Do understand that this is not really a book about God. It is an eccentric and intelligent philosophical road trip. The subtitle is Reflections On Science, Systems and the Sublime. The topic meanders around aimlessly like a good philosophy book should, until near the end you realize you've been circling something meaningful, if also something melancholy, the whole time.

"Where God comes from" is not the same question as "Who is God?" Says Livingston's beloved professor, "I've got no particular quarrel with any of these explanations [of God]—inflated parent, synaptic ghost, social glue—all fine, though obviously too reductive—but at the same time, I also don't object to various personalizations of God—an old guy with a beard, or a wafer or whatever."

The problem with God (or evolution or a mechanistic universe) as a concept is that it casts the miraculously complex as something familiar. Says the professor, "the problem is not in how we use God or evolution or mechanism as ways of thinking about these things but as ways not to think about them."

…and therein lies the problem with Livingston’s book. It makes you think. ( )
1 vote DubiousDisciple | Nov 17, 2012 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4)
4 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 100,854,003 books! | Top bar: Always visible