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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 variations, 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 technology has supplied to date?

The God awarded through such a lot religions does not make feel in ultra-modern global; we have now little room for miracles. additionally, there are irreconcilable features 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 behave as scientists do once they run experiments in simple terms to acquire contradictory effects. They ask themselves no matter if there may not be a logical end that binds the entire effects jointly and ends up in the main possible explanation.

Einhorn hypothesizes that if God really exists, then many alternative religions might have stumbled on this. He reveals a standard denominator within the suggestion of a hidden God in seven significant religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. yet in spite of this shared trust, do we comprehend if God exists? Did humankind create the assumption of God to respond to the unexplainable? What approximately evil and soreness, the absence of which 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 quest for "that that is concealed," together with meditation, contemplation, and prayer. no matter what direction is selected, the hunt for God may perhaps carry us a few solutions. Einhorn concludes that subject matters are imperative 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 understanding of our lack of ability to completely comprehend may possibly we procedure the divine.

In the top, there aren't any sure solutions. however the seek sheds mild at the many paths to enlightenment provided by way of the world's religions.

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We cannot imagine the “appearance” of a world that is not experienced by beings possessing consciousness. Taken to the extreme, we may say that living beings are a prerequisite for the world around us “existing” as it does. THE LIMITS OF OUR INTELLECT Of all the species on earth, human beings have the most well developed ability to think. We have created written and spoken languages for the transfer of knowledge among us, for instance, making possible innumerable rapid developments in recent millennia in the areas of science, social organization, and culture.

As a rule, a god with human features is also a gendered god. In monotheistic religions, God is often described in masculine terms. ” 1 The god or goddess of fate is a form of god with human features governing the destiny of human beings that exists in some religions. 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.

At the same time, we cannot disregard the fact that the intellect we do possess is extremely limited in relation to how intelligent we could theoretically be. For instance, computers today can make their calculations millions of times faster than the human mind and are also that much better at storing information, although they are still emotionally and intellectually far less intelligent than a fly. We might now consider the slightly naïve analogy that the relationship of the intelligence of a human being to a “greater intelligence” is about the same as that of a fly to a human being.

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