Between Faith and Doubt: Dialogues on Religion and Reason by John Hick (auth.)

By John Hick (auth.)

This brief ebook is a full of life discussion among a non secular believer and a skeptic. It covers all of the major concerns together with diverse principles of God, the great and undesirable in faith, spiritual adventure and neuroscience, ache and ache, loss of life and lifestyles after dying, and comprises attention-grabbing autobiographical revelations.

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JOHN: Yes, I've heard that tOO. But what I am calling the Transcendent is beyond all our human concepts, including personal, impersonal, sub-personal. We're going to come to that later, I hope. DAVID: Alright, we'll look at that later. In the meantime, what is your religious reason for rejecting the standard concept of God? What Do We Mean by God? 23 Well, the religious value of the idea is that we can have a personal relationship with the all-powerful God, so that we can ask him or her to help us with our personal problems, and the world with its much bigger problems.

Then our thoughts affect the unwell person's mind, which in turn affects their body. DAVID: Well, I'm not going to say that all this is impossible. Though whether there is any such a thing as mind-to-mind causation - extra-sensory perception or telepathy - seems to me extremely doubtful. However, returning to your own religion, I can see that it is turning out to be fairly complex and a long way removed from what people get in the churches. JOHN: Yes, it is. DAVID: Particularly when you don't believe that there is a God.

49) Even though the experience lasted perhaps a couple of minutes, it was so peaceful and joyous. I felt lighter. (51) The feeling was indescribable ... it was blissful, uplifting. (53) I later faced an operation quite calmly because I realized it really didn't matter now whether I lived or died, because everything was taken care of and everything was for the best. (55) I felt the peace of God, which does indeed pass all understanding. I have never lost that inner peace. (94) I will never forget that moment of absolute peace and certainty.

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