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By Stefan Einhorn

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

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

The God awarded by means of such a lot religions does not make experience in brand new global; we now have little room for miracles. in addition, there are irreconcilable facets within the world's religions. needs to we abandon our religion or trust in God? possibly no longer, says renowned Swedish philosopher Stefan Einhorn. we will behave as scientists do after they run experiments simply to procure contradictory effects. They ask themselves even if there will not be a logical end that binds the entire effects jointly and ends up in the main possible explanation.

Einhorn hypothesizes that if God actually exists, then many alternative religions could have stumbled on this. He reveals a typical denominator within the notion of a hidden God in seven significant religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. yet despite this shared trust, will we comprehend if God exists? Did humankind create the belief of God to respond to the unexplainable? What approximately evil and ache, the absence of that means in lifestyles, 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's concealed," together with meditation, contemplation, and prayer. no matter what course is selected, the quest for God may possibly deliver us a few solutions. Einhorn concludes that issues are primary 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 completely comprehend may well we procedure the divine.

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

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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. There are no words in any language on earth to describe who or what God is. 42 god of monotheism This means that those who have achieved contact with the divine face great problems.

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. He said: “I give you the letters. ” The legend has it that this prayer went straight to God. Some mystics stress the importance of a joyous approach to God. They see song and dance as a way of achieving a (sometimes ecstatic) experience of the divine.

In the Old Norse religions there are the gods Urd, Skuld, and Verdandi, for example, and there are Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos in the religion of classical Greece. In other religions, such as Islam, this may be an aspect of the one God. THE CONCEALED GOD Go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. —Matthew 6:6 Most religions, including those traditionally regarded as polytheistic, hold a belief in an ultimate being. Sometimes this God is comprehensible and fitted out with human qualities; at other times the highest God has no human traits at all, and is incomprehensible, indescribable, and concealed.

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