By Stefan Einhorn
Highly acclaimed in Sweden the place it was once first released in either hardcover and paperback versions, A hid God poses exciting questions:
•Does God actually 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 by means of such a lot religions does not make experience in latest global; we have now little room for miracles. moreover, there are irreconcilable facets within the world's religions. needs to we abandon our religion or trust in God? maybe no longer, says well known Swedish philosopher Stefan Einhorn. we will be able to behave as scientists do after they run experiments in simple terms to acquire contradictory effects. They ask themselves even 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 unearths a typical denominator within the inspiration of a hidden God in seven significant religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. yet regardless of this shared trust, will we recognize if God exists? Did humankind create the assumption of God to reply to the unexplainable? What approximately evil and affliction, the absence of that means in existence, 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's concealed," together with meditation, contemplation, and prayer. no matter what direction is selected, the quest for God may possibly carry us a few solutions. Einhorn concludes that subject matters are crucial to the quest: one is that God is either hid and at the same time omnipresent; the opposite is that merely with utter humility and an know-how of our lack of ability to totally comprehend might we technique the divine.
In the top, there aren't any yes solutions. however the seek sheds gentle at the many paths to enlightenment provided by means of the world's religions.
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It is clear that those who were close to him gradually came to see him as the Messiah whose coming had been predicted in the Hebrew scriptures. According to the Gospels it is also probable that Jesus regarded himself as such toward the end of his life and work: “Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah” (Matthew 16:20; see also Luke 24:44–47; John 4:25–26; and John 17:3). According to the Gospels, however, Jesus never stated directly that he was God. It is not known to what extent Jesus regarded himself as being of divine birth or as being “animated” by the divine, like other mystics.
A Concealed God 04 42 4/10/03 4:01 PM Page 42 god of monotheism This means that those who have achieved contact with the divine face great problems. How can a feeling be described to those who have never felt it? The books we have read and the stories we have heard from people who have encountered the divine will not suﬃce for us to comprehend what God is. This is a problem with which Jewish mystics have long struggled, and their conclusion has often been that there is no choice but to be silent and allow every human being to pursue his or her own inner search for the divine.
It is impossible to describe concretely, to a person who was born deaf, what we experience when listening to music. A deaf person can feel the beat and the rhythm of music, but does not hear the tones and thus cannot have the whole experience. However lyrical our descriptions were, we could never capture the essence of music, or fully pass along the sensory impressions. What we end up with is circumlocutions and similes. Let us make a second mental experiment. Imagine that, in the natural world, there were one hundred senses, but that human beings were only endowed with five of them.
A Concealed God: Religion, Science, and the Search for Truth by Stefan Einhorn