Articles, Chapters & Stories

2011
Goldstein RN. The Afterlife of Skeptics. Black Clock. 2011;13.
Alan Lightman RG. Bridging the Two Cultures; A Conversation between Rebecca Goldstein and Alan Lightman. World Literature Today [Internet]. 2011;(Jan/Feb). Publisher's Version
Goldstein R. Sell Descartes, Buy Spinoza. Prospect [Internet]. 2011;(June):20. Publisher's Version
2010
Goldstein R. Love, Tough and Not: I.J. Singer’s "The Brothers Ashkanazi". The Book, The New Republic online [Internet]. 2010. Publisher's Version
Goldstein R. When Clarity Isn't a Virtue. Wall Street Journal [Internet]. 2010. Publisher's Version
Goldstein R. Hearts Full of Sorrow (Review of Nicole Krauss's "Great House"). New York Times Book Review [Internet]. 2010. Publisher's Version
Goldstein R. Theory, Literature, Hoax. New York Times Book Review [Internet]. 2010. Publisher's Version
Goldstein R. On the Seventh Day (review of Judith Shulevitz's "The Sabbath World"). New York Times Book Review [Internet]. 2010. Publisher's Version
Goldstein R. Five Best Novels of Ideas. Wall Street Journal [Internet]. 2010. Publisher's Version
Goldstein RN. The Afterlife of Skeptics. In: Rubin D Promised Lands. University Press of New England; 2010.
Bardi J. The HUMANIST Interview with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. The Humanist. 2010;(May/June):10-15.
Goldstein R. What's In a Name?. In: Bryson B Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society. London: HarperPress; 2010. royal_society_volume.pdf
Goldstein R. Does Moral Action Depend on Reasoning? Yes and no, happily. In: Big Questions Essay Series. John Templeton Foundation; 2010. goldstein.pdf
Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
Goldstein R. Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction. Pantheon; 2010.Abstract

Equally adept at fiction (a winner of the National Jewish Book Award) and philosophy (a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” prize), Rebecca Newberger Goldstein now gives us a novel that transforms the great debate between faith and reason into an exhilarating romance of both heart and mind.

At the center: Cass Seltzer, a professor of psychology whose book, The Varieties of Religious Illusion, has become a surprise best seller. He’s been dubbed “the atheist with a soul,” and his sudden celebrity has upended his life. 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. But he is haunted by reminders of the two people who ignited his passion to understand religion: his teacher Jonas Elijah Klapper, a renowned literary scholar with a suspicious obsession with messianism, and an angelic six-year-old mathematical genius, heir to the leadership of an exotic Hasidic sect. The rush of events in a single dramatic week plays out Cass’s conviction that the religious impulse spills out into life at large.

In 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein explores the rapture and torments of religious experience in all its variety. Hilarious, heartbreaking, and intellectually captivating, it is a luminous and intoxicating novel.