By Stefan Einhorn
Highly acclaimed in Sweden the place it used to be first released in either hardcover and paperback variations, A hid God poses fascinating questions:
•Does God actually exist?
•If so, is the idea that of God logical and in contract with the data of the realm that technological know-how has supplied to date?
The God awarded by way of so much religions does not make feel in latest global; we've little room for miracles. in addition, there are irreconcilable elements within the world's religions. needs to we abandon our religion or trust in God? probably no longer, says well known Swedish philosopher Stefan Einhorn. we will be able to behave as scientists do once they run experiments purely to procure contradictory effects. They ask themselves even if there may not be a logical end that binds all of the effects jointly and results in the main possible explanation.
Einhorn hypothesizes that if God actually exists, then many various religions may have chanced on this. He reveals a typical denominator within the suggestion of a hidden God in seven significant religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. yet regardless of this shared trust, do we be aware of if God exists? Did humankind create the belief of God to respond to the unexplainable? What approximately evil and soreness, the absence of which means in lifestyles, loneliness and lack of confidence? And most significantly, how will we look for a hid God?
Most religions proportion universal rules for the quest for "that that's concealed," together with meditation, contemplation, and prayer. no matter what course is selected, the quest for God may well carry us a few solutions. Einhorn concludes that subject matters are primary to the quest: one is that God is either hid and concurrently omnipresent; the opposite is that purely with utter humility and an expertise of our lack of ability to totally comprehend may well we technique the divine.
In the tip, there aren't any certain solutions. however the seek sheds gentle at the many paths to enlightenment provided through the world's religions.
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Extra resources for A Concealed God: Religion, Science, and the Search for Truth
When a person dies, two of them, nefesh and neshama, leave the body, while ruach remains for some time. Some sources hold that the nefesh aspect of the soul of a person who has committed evil may be relegated to the inferno for some time A Concealed God 04 4/10/03 4:01 PM Page 41 jew ish mysticism 41 (usually no more than a year). Some scholars of the Kabbalah believe in a transmigration of souls, and that in the worst case the soul may end up in an animal, a plant, or even a stone. Other mystics reject the idea of transmigration.
They are certainly worthy of interest and attention, but my focus here is on that which unites rather than on that which separates. Although there are discrepancies, too, in the ways in which religions describe the concealed God, the similarities are often surprisingly great. This is the main reason for which I have concentrated this volume on an analysis of the hypothesis that a concealed God does exist. Few words have been given such varied content as “God,” and few have been so abused. Furthermore, not all religions use the term “God” to describe the Absolute.
God has a voice and may even very occasionally be revealed to individuals. A chronological examination of the books of the Hebrew scriptures shows that the descriptions of God shift from a relatively accessible personality with human feelings in the early books to an increasingly distant God who is diﬃcult to reach in the later ones. In the older scriptures God is in immediate, direct contact with humanity, but becomes more and more abstract and unattainable in the books written later. According to Judaism, God stands in direct relationship to human beings.