By John Hick (auth.)
This brief e-book is a full of life discussion among a non secular believer and a skeptic. It covers all of the major matters together with diversified principles of God, the nice and undesirable in faith, non secular adventure and neuroscience, soreness and agony, loss of life and lifestyles after loss of life, and comprises attention-grabbing autobiographical revelations.
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I trusted God to guide me to the right plane and in my mind came a quiet voice. I obeyed the code letters and raced to that aircraft. As I did, my heart was filled with joy to the brim. After the trouble was over I worked it out to 360 aircraft checked without the mistake of servicing the wrong one. I can write a small book about how God has guided me and also fill it with everyday happenings which I know come from our Maker, not the subconscious. 13 It seems obvious to me that his long experience ena- bled him to know which planes to service first; or at least if he was mistaken his 'divine revelation' would nevertheless have assured him that he was right!
I wish you would emulate the frankness and clarity of vision of the really toughminded humanists, such as Bertrand Russell. You remember this famous passage of his: That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origins, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual beyond the grave; that all the labours of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man's achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy that rejects them can hope to stand.
But I don't believe for a moment that any such being exists. JOHN: And nor do I. DAVID: Oh, you don't! So you've come over to the Humanist camp? JOHN: No, not at all. What I call the Transcendent or the ultimate reality is not the God you describe, and that for two reasons, one religious and the other philosophical. DAVID: The philosophical one being ... DAVID: There are huge philosophical debates about whether such concepts as omnipotence and omniscience are logically viable. There are discussions about JOHN: 21 22 Between Faith and Doubt such conundrums as Can an omnipotent person make something so heavy that even he cannot lift it?
Between Faith and Doubt: Dialogues on Religion and Reason by John Hick (auth.)