Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: 36 Arguments for the Existence of God

TUE, FEB 2, 2010 (49:07)

Award-winning novelist and MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein reads from her new novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God. After Cass Seltzer’s book becomes a surprise best seller, he’s dubbed “the atheist with a soul” and becomes a celebrity. He wins over the stunning Lucinda Mandelbaum, “the goddess of game theory,” and loses himself in a spiritually expansive infatuation. A former girlfriend appears: an anthropologist who invites him to join in her quest for immortality through biochemistry. And he is haunted by reminders of the two people who ignited his passion to understand religion: his mentor and professor–a renowned literary scholar with a suspicious obsession with messianism–and an angelic 6-year-old mathematical genius who is heir to the leadership of a Hasidic sect. Each encounter reinforces Cass’s theory that the religious impulse spills over into life at large.

+ BIO: Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a philosopher, scholar, and award-winning novelist. Her latest novel is 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction. Her books include the novels The Mind-Body Problem, Properties of Light, and Mazel, and nonfiction studies of Kurt Godel and Baruch Spinoza. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1996, Goldstein has also received Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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