By Stefan Einhorn
Highly acclaimed in Sweden the place it used to be first released in either hardcover and paperback versions, A hid God poses fascinating questions:
•Does God really exist?
•If so, is the concept that of God logical and in contract with the data of the area that technological know-how has supplied to date?
The God awarded via so much religions does not make experience in present day global; now we have little room for miracles. moreover, there are irreconcilable facets within the world's religions. needs to we abandon our religion or trust in God? probably now not, says well known Swedish philosopher Stefan Einhorn. we will behave as scientists do after they run experiments purely to acquire contradictory effects. They ask themselves no matter if there is probably not a logical end that binds all of the effects jointly and ends up in the main possible explanation.
Einhorn hypothesizes that if God actually exists, then many alternative religions could 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, do we recognize if God exists? Did humankind create the belief of God to reply to the unexplainable? What approximately evil and soreness, the absence of which means in lifestyles, loneliness and lack of confidence? And most significantly, how can we look for a hid God?
Most religions percentage universal ideas for the hunt for "that that is concealed," together with meditation, contemplation, and prayer. no matter what path is selected, the quest for God may possibly deliver us a few solutions. Einhorn concludes that issues are imperative to the quest: one is that God is either hid and at the same time omnipresent; the opposite is that basically with utter humility and an expertise of our lack of ability to completely comprehend could we process the divine.
In the tip, there aren't any yes solutions. however the seek sheds gentle at the many paths to enlightenment provided via the world's religions.
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Extra resources for A Concealed God: Religion, Science, and the Search for Truth
Then in everyday language we would have no words for colors. If someone happened to have an intuitive sense of the existence of colors, or had proved that colors exist through a scientific experiment, it would still be impossible to explain colors to others in a simple way, as language would not suﬃce. 29 A Concealed God 03 30 4/10/03 4:00 PM Page 30 god and religions The same holds true for each of our senses. It is impossible to describe concretely, to a person who was born deaf, what we experience when listening to music.
Rather, we must seek, try to comprehend, investigate, and hopefully, finally find our answers to the great questions in life. According to Judaism, this is one of the main tasks for humankind. Jewish mysticism stresses that the inward search for God must take A Concealed God 04 4/10/03 4:01 PM Page 45 jew ish mysticism 45 place under the guidance of someone who has already treaded this path. Some of the methods that may be used can be hazardous if implemented in an uncontrolled way, as may be seen in the Jewish legend of four holy, wise men who made a mystical journey to the highest worlds.
Buddha, for instance, is said to have three bodies. He may take on the emanation body in which he appears on earth in human guise, or the enjoyment body in which he appears in supernatural worlds, or the dharma body in which he has no human traits at all and is one with all buddhas and with the teaching itself. At the same time, these “bodies” are no more than diﬀerent manifestations of one and the same reality. In Hinduism we find, correspondingly, the description of the three beings of God in the form of Brahma, Vishnu, and Bhagavan,2 each of which represents some more or less concealed aspects of the single divinity.
A Concealed God: Religion, Science, and the Search for Truth by Stefan Einhorn