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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 interesting questions:

•Does God really exist?
•If so, is the concept that of God logical and in contract with the information of the realm that technology has supplied to date?

The God awarded by way of such a lot religions does not make experience in latest global; we have now little room for miracles. moreover, there are irreconcilable points within the world's religions. needs to we abandon our religion or trust in God? possibly now not, says well known Swedish philosopher Stefan Einhorn. we will be able to behave as scientists do once they run experiments basically to acquire 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 various religions might have chanced on this. He reveals a typical denominator within the idea of a hidden God in seven significant religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. yet inspite of this shared trust, do we recognize if God exists? Did humankind create the assumption of God to respond to the unexplainable? What approximately evil and discomfort, 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 rules for the quest for "that that is concealed," together with meditation, contemplation, and prayer. no matter what direction is selected, the quest for God may possibly convey us a few solutions. Einhorn concludes that subject matters are primary to the quest: one is that God is either hid and at the same time omnipresent; the opposite is that simply with utter humility and an information of our lack of ability to completely comprehend may well we process the divine.

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

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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.

At the same time, we live in a world we take for granted because we have always experienced it, and this contributes to further impairing our ability to see reality as it is. The fact that we do not have a larger frame of reference explains why it took until the seventeenth century for us to realize that the sun and the stars do not revolve around the earth, a discovery that was received with deep skepticism in its time. Similarly, insights regarding what reality “really” looks like may escape us because we do not have perspective on our situation.

Similarly, Hinduism and Buddhism have gods and goddesses with human traits. They may be good or evil, and some of them have the same names and features in both religions. Both religions also speak of divine worlds. The individual gods may have limited powers and in this regard they bear some similarities with the angels of monotheistic religions. Sometimes the gods are considered to be of human origin. That is to say, particularly successful human beings are transformed into gods. For example, the Chinese god of war, Kuan-ti, originated in a military commander who once lived on earth, and Imhotep was an Egyptian physician and architect (ca.

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