A Concealed God: Religion, Science, and the Search for Truth by Stefan Einhorn

By Stefan Einhorn

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

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

The God offered by means of so much religions does not make feel in ultra-modern international; we now have little room for miracles. in addition, there are irreconcilable features 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 after they run experiments basically to procure contradictory effects. They ask themselves even if there will not be a logical end that binds all of the effects jointly and results in the main possible explanation.

Einhorn hypothesizes that if God really exists, then many various religions might have came across this. He unearths a typical denominator within the notion of a hidden God in seven significant religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. yet regardless of this shared trust, will 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 lifestyles, loneliness and lack of confidence? And most significantly, how can we look for a hid God?

Most religions proportion universal ideas for the quest for "that that is concealed," together with meditation, contemplation, and prayer. no matter what path is selected, the hunt for God may possibly convey us a few solutions. Einhorn concludes that issues are important to the hunt: one is that God is either hid and concurrently omnipresent; the opposite is that purely with utter humility and an know-how of our lack of ability to totally comprehend may well we technique the divine.

In the tip, there are not any convinced solutions. however the seek sheds mild at the many paths to enlightenment provided via the world's religions.

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The boundary is blurry between the notion of a god dwelling in the heavens (as is also the case in contemporary monotheistic religions) and the idea that a god is the heavens. Zeus and Jupiter, worshiped by the classical Greeks and Romans respectively, are two familiar examples of gods of the heavens. The god of the heavens is often said to have created the world. One of the earliest forms of monotheism took shape over three thou- A Concealed God 02 4/10/03 3:59 PM Page 21 w h at g o d ? 21 sand years ago in Egypt.

All human souls are said to be in mystical association with one another. Neshama, the divine aspect of the human soul, will be reunited with its source at death. The establishment of the kingdom of God will initiate the coming of the Messiah and the resurrection of those who have died, bringing the body and the three aspects of the soul into unity. WHAT IS GOD? According to the Hebrew scriptures and its interpretations, God may have “human” feelings such as anger, sorrow, compassion, charity, regret, love, and the desire for revenge.

At the same time, Hinduism clarifies that these gods are basically all expressions of one and the same God. Other religions, including Buddhism and Taoism, do not use the term “God” as a designation of the Absolute. Many schools of religion share the notion that the divine exists inside every human being as well as outside, that our inner beings are in direct contact with the Absolute, that the core of each individual is divine. The mystical traditions of the major religions focus on this idea of searching for the divine within us: mystics are usually guided toward insight by intuition and feelings rather than by reason or the senses.

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