By T. J. Mawson
Belief in God solutions questions: What, if something, is it that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreeing approximately after they take part claiming that there's a God? and What, if any, clients are there for rationally protecting or attacking this declare? A hugely available and interesting creation to the philosophy of faith, this e-book bargains complete insurance of the major matters, from rules approximately God's nature and personality to arguments for and opposed to his life. writer T. J. Mawson makes amazing new claims and defends or assaults validated positions in unique methods. His conversational type, full of life wit, and enlightening examples make Belief in God concurrently instructive, thought-provoking, and relaxing to learn.
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As in his earlier books (Holy Blood, Holy Grail; The Jesus Papers), Baigent attempts to discover the darkish forceshiding within the shadows of faith and ferret out fundamentalists whose dogmatism usually turns to violence. concentrating on the top occasions, he warns that strong fundamentalist sects in Christianity, Judaism and Islam are operating to result in the conflict of Armageddon, whilst the forces of darkness could be destroyed through the Messiah, who will then lead to a brand new reign. All 3 teams wish Jerusalem, the place each one lays declare to a actual spot, the Dome of the Rock, as a sacred position in its background; all 3 desire a country within which politics are subservient to faith. Baigent makes an analogous mistake that the fundamentalists make while interpreting the e-book of Revelation. it isn't a ebook of prophecy and handbook for scary sinners again into the fold; it really is apocalyptic literature that makes use of symbols as mystery codes for the situation within the lives of first- and second-century Christians, providing them desire for escaping from their plights. unfortunately, Baigent's well-intentioned exposé seems to be little greater than a screed opposed to fundamentalism that's in keeping with a misreading of his principal textual content. (Sept. )
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Personhood, Transcendence, Immanence 19 ‘maximally’—if anyone is going to count as a person, God’s going to count as a person. Essentially, if there’s a God, then he is much more of a person than any of us. It’s worth bringing this out because one quite often hears claims to the effect that God, if he exists, can’t be a person in the same sense that you and I are persons. According to my argument, this sort of claim is mistaken. If there is a God, then he is certainly more of a person than we are, but he is equally certainly a person in exactly the same sense that we are persons.
Because we can make sense of the possibility of its not obtaining; one can imagine the universe ‘shrinking’ around one until it reaches one’s skin, at which stage one’s body would be coextensive with all matter. Indeed it’s arguably not even universal. 18 So is God spatial? In one sense yes and in another sense no. If what it is for a person to be spatial is for him or her to exist at a place and (as I’ve argued) it is sufﬁcient for someone to exist at a place that he or she be able to learn about and affect that place directly, then every place within the universe is a place at which God exists and so in this sense then he is spatial.
In the course of arguing this we’ll see though the interesting fact that what abilities count as powers and what count as liabilities can vary from case to case and person to person, something that has relevance to our search for an adequate understanding of omnipotence. That’s the argument in a nutshell. Now let me take it out of the nutshell. Consider this argument: we very often have the ability to commit suicide. We are dependent on many things for our continued existence. If these things altered, we’d cease to exist and we usually have it within our power to alter many of these things.
Belief in God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion by T. J. Mawson