A concealed God : religion, science, and the search for by Stefan Einhorn

By Stefan Einhorn

Highly acclaimed in Sweden the place it was once first released in either hardcover and paperback versions, A hid God poses interesting questions:

•Does God really exist?
•If so, is the idea that of God logical and in contract with the information of the realm that technological know-how has supplied to date?

The God offered through such a lot religions does not make experience in trendy international; we now have little room for miracles. moreover, there are irreconcilable points within the world's religions. needs to we abandon our religion or trust in God? might be no longer, says well known Swedish philosopher Stefan Einhorn. we will behave as scientists do after they run experiments basically to procure contradictory effects. They ask themselves even if there is probably not 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 alternative religions might have came upon this. He reveals a standard denominator within the idea of a hidden God in seven significant religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. yet inspite of this shared trust, will we comprehend if God exists? Did humankind create the belief of God to reply to the unexplainable? What approximately evil and anguish, the absence of that means in lifestyles, loneliness and lack of confidence? And most significantly, how will we look for a hid God?

Most religions proportion universal ideas for the hunt for "that that is concealed," together with meditation, contemplation, and prayer. no matter what path is selected, the hunt for God could convey us a few solutions. Einhorn concludes that topics are primary to the hunt: one is that God is either hid and concurrently omnipresent; the opposite is that in simple terms with utter humility and an knowledge of our lack of ability to completely comprehend may perhaps we process the divine.

In the top, there aren't any sure solutions. however the seek sheds gentle at the many paths to enlightenment provided by way of the world's religions.

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Let us assume that we wish to eat an apple. We look at the apple, and see that it is red and round. We feel its smooth, rounded surface. At the same time we take in its fragrant aroma. Then we bite into the apple and hear that characteristic crunch. Finally, we experience the taste. All five senses thus contribute to creating the concept of “apple” as it is described and understood by most people. At the same time, it is important to be aware that what one person may mean by the word “red,” for example, may be different from another person’s experience of that color.

It is in God’s power to determine whether or not our world should go on existing. It is through the divine that wisdom and love are disseminated throughout the world. God established the laws of nature (statements describing a regularity in nature) that govern the universe. God has an impact on what happens to us after death. God can give meaning and content to our lives. God can take part in the creation of the kingdom of God. The characteristics attributed to the divinity may be ranked on a spectrum ranging from a comprehensible God who thinks human thoughts and has a human appearance at the one extreme to an indescribable, incomprehensible, completely concealed God at the other.

Jew ish mysticism 43 cism tells us that we will be able to discover the divine that has been there all along. Prayer is a technique frequently used to accomplish this task, as prayer can serve as a form of meditation. The key to this form of prayer is not the words, but the intention of the person praying. One prays not with words but with the heart. This is referred to as kavvana. It is the feeling behind the prayer that determines its impact. Without feelings, prayer becomes meaningless. There is a Jewish legend of a man who had no prayer book and who therefore prayed using kavvana, simply pronouncing the letters of the Hebrew alphabet while turning his mind toward God.

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