Does God exist? This simple yet enormously profound question has fascinated mankind for centuries, and never more so than in the early years of the Third Millennium. The aftermath of 9/11, the Iraq war and the devastating Asian tsunami of 2004, to name but three events, have all caused more and more people to question the very reality of God and his role in shaping the world we live in. In addition, in an age of aggressive atheism, the suspicion has grown that God has finally been deleted from Western culture. What are the implications of this for man’s quest for meaning in the 21st century? Do we really inhabit a God-less universe?
In Has God Logged Off?, religious affairs writer and commentator T. P. O’Mahony, in a personal voyage of reflection and exploration, traces back the arguments for and against God’s existence. He revisits the famous five proofs of St Thomas Aquinas, produced in the 13th century, and examines the major arguments pro and con theism formulated by the likes of Descartes, Pascal, Kant, Marx and Sartre in the intervening centuries. Drawing not only on what creative artists such as Beckett, Bunuel and Morris West have to say about the presence or absence of God, but also on the experiences of modern-day well-known Irish people, including actor Mick Lally, writer Mary Kenny and Cork character Bernie Murphy, the author brings fascinating new insights to bear on an age-old debate.
Most poignantly, the book is a personal voyage of discovery, doubt and faith by the author which leads him to some stimulating and challenging conclusions.
About the Author
T. P. O’Mahony was born in Cork in 1939. From 1967 to 1989 he was religious affairs correspondent with The Irish Press and thereafter with The Irish Examiner. As such he covered papal visits to South America, the USA, Switzerland, Ireland and Britain. He has also covered conclaves, synods and conferences in Rome, Canterbury, Geneva, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam Philadelphia, Bogota, New York and Tokyo.