Home > Math Lint Archive Detail

<< Prev 6/8/2008 Next >>

Mathematics and God

Something must be in the water. In the past five years, a slew of new books use mathematics to debunk religion.

John Allen Paulos, author of the popular book Innumeracy, just published a new book, Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up (2008). In the same way he attacked mathematical illiteracy, he now attacks the "irrational" basis of religious thinking.

Similarily, Stephen Irwin, a physicist and mathematical risk-analyst, has published the book The Probability of God: A Simple Calculation That Proves the Ultimate Truth (2004). His conclusion: The probability that "the monotheistic, prayer-answering God exists is...67%."

Or, mathematician Steven Brams has the book Superior Beings: If They Exist, How would We Know? (2007). It uses game theory to analyze siuations between Person(P) and God (G), when the latter is given the assumed qualities of omniscience, immortality, or omnipotence.

If these books are not enough to sate your appetite, find the related books by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens.