By John Hick (auth.)
This brief publication is a full of life discussion among a spiritual believer and a skeptic. It covers all of the major matters together with diverse principles of God, the great and undesirable in faith, non secular event and neuroscience, ache and anguish, loss of life and existence after loss of life, and comprises fascinating autobiographical revelations.
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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! And we have all come across people who are convinced that God told them to do something when it seems clear that this was either simply what they themselves wanted to do or what their common sense told them to do.
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.
JOHN: Well I believe that at an unconscious level we are all linked together in a common network in which we are potentially affecting one another all the time by our thoughts and even more by our emotions. I say 'potentially' because we all have screening mechanisms to protect our individual autonomy - without that we'd be continually flooded by others' thoughts and emotions. The extent to which we are sensitive to others in this way varies from person to person. But in the kind of prayer - if indeed you want to call it prayer - that I'm talking about we focus our thought and concern very concretely on someone we know, someone whom we know is anxious or depressed or afraid or confused or in a state of anger or resentment, or indeed who is ill, and visualize them and think positively of them in a better state.