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By Stefan Einhorn

Highly acclaimed in Sweden the place it used to be first released in either hardcover and paperback variants, 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 technology has supplied to date?

The God awarded through such a lot religions does not make feel in present day international; now we have 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? possibly no longer, says well known Swedish philosopher Stefan Einhorn. we will behave as scientists do once they run experiments basically to procure contradictory effects. They ask themselves no matter if there may not be a logical end that binds all of the effects jointly and ends up in the main possible explanation.

Einhorn hypothesizes that if God really exists, then many alternative religions might have chanced on this. He reveals a standard denominator within the suggestion of a hidden God in seven significant religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. yet in spite of this shared trust, do we be aware of if God exists? Did humankind create the belief of God to reply to the unexplainable? What approximately evil and pain, the absence of which means in existence, loneliness and lack of confidence? And most significantly, how can we look for a hid God?

Most religions percentage universal rules for the hunt for "that that is concealed," together with meditation, contemplation, and prayer. no matter what path is selected, the hunt for God may possibly carry us a few solutions. Einhorn concludes that issues are valuable to the quest: one is that God is either hid and at the same time omnipresent; the opposite is that purely with utter humility and an understanding of our lack of ability to totally comprehend may possibly we method the divine.

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

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What then is God, according to Jewish mystics? Sometimes they describe the divine in terms of what it is not, since language does not have any way of expressing what it is. For instance: ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ God is not soul. God is not body. God is not intelligence. God is not intellect. God is not infinity. God is not a king. God is not mobility. God is not stillness. God is not spirit. Jewish mysticism sometimes describes God as “nothing” (nothingness), meaning that the divine does not fall within any of the ordinary categories of human description.

Could the theses and dogmas of the many religions all possibly be true? No, of course not. Christianity and Hinduism assert that it is possible for a human being to be God. This belief is diametrically opposed to that of Judaism and Islam, which claim that God cannot take on a human form. Judaism believes in the coming of the Messiah, while the central dogma of Christianity is that the Messiah has already walked the earth. Creation myths, too, are contradictory: for instance, the Hindu creation myth is at A Concealed God 00-01 18 4/10/03 3:58 PM Page 18 god and religions variance with that of the monotheistic religions.

The idea that Jesus was God may be discerned as early as the scriptures of the New Testament, primarily John 1:18 and Romans 9:5. However, there is some controversy as to the interpretation of these verses. A Concealed God 05 4/10/03 4:01 PM Page 49 christian mysticism 49 Like other religions, Christianity gradually split into many different forms. Christian mysticism reached its zenith during the first centuries after the death of Jesus, and flourished again in the early Middle Ages. There have, however, been great Christian mystics in later years as well, and the influence of mysticism is clear in contemporary Christianity.

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