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Looking at God, we see that we do not have Him as an object of our knowledge, but that He has us as the subject of our existence. Looking at God we feel that we cannot escape Him even by making Him an object of sceptical arguments or of irresistible emotions. We realize that in our uncertainty there is one fixed point of certainty, however we may name it and describe it and explain it. We may not comprehend, but we are comprehended. We may not grasp anything in the depth of our uncertainty, but that we are grasped by something ultimate, which keeps us in its grasp and from which we may strive in vain to escape, remains absolutely certain.

Paul Tillich  The New Being.  Scribners, 1955  Ch9 Faith and Uncertainty


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I want to continue thinking through the God Paradox and its implications for religious systems and the life of the spirit.  But  I also want to break into the exploration with relevant evidence, ideas and stories such as this one.  What does it mean to put your hand where Jesus once did? (more…)

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The greatest Virtue is to follow Tao and Tao alone.
The Tao is elusive and intangible.
Oh, it is intangible and elusive, and yet within is image.
Oh, it is elusive and intangible, and yet within it is form.
Oh, it is dim and dark, and yet within is essence.
The essence is very real, and therein lies faith.
From the very beginning until now its name has never been forgotten.
Thus I perceive the creation.
How do I know the ways of creation?
Because of this.

Lao Tsu.  Tao Te Ching; tr Gia-Fu Feng and J English. 1972 ch21

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The argument so far: the twin consequences of the God Paradox are that, at one and the same time, we know that it is impossible to believe in God and still most of us seek ever more ways to worship the divine. Hence, among other things, the current growth of all things spiritual in Western society and culture, alongside the decline (except in America) of formalised religion. (more…)

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The argument so far: whatever we, as believer or non-believer alike, refer to as “God” is subject to the God Paradox. This is the paradox that, to be truly ‘godlike’, anything we label as such must necessarily be outside our human frame of reference.  That is the only frame available to us.  Within that frame we can say that either something ‘is’ or it is not.  So the “God” concept is, in our terms or in any terms meaningful to us, literally non-existent. (more…)

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The God debate is permanently flawed by the fact that neither side – the atheists and the only believers they like to engage with, the traditionalists and fundamentalists – accept that ‘God’ cannot be a person.  Their quarrel is about who or what ‘God’ is, or is not.  It would be more productive surely if the question was: where? (more…)

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