John Hick on the Metaphor of God Incarnate

“The traditional Christian understanding of Jesus of Nazareth is that he was God incarnate, who became a man to die for the sins of the world and who founded the church to proclaim this.  If he was indeed God incarnate, Christianity is the only religion founded by God in person, and must as such be uniquely superior to all other religions. In this book I … Continue reading

The Fifth Dimension Chapter IV: Windows on the Transcendent

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We continue exploring John Hick’s, The Fifth Dimension, a book in which Hick makes an extended argument for the reality of a “spiritual dimension to life.”   If his argument holds, it would mean that God / “the Transcendent” / “the Divine” (depending on if you use Western, personal categories or Eastern, impersonal categories) is an ontological reality, not simply a projection of humanity’s imagination.  … Continue reading

The Fifth Dimension Chapter III – The Big Bang and the Ambiguity of the Universe

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We continue exploring John Hick’s, , a book in which Hick makes an extended argument for the reality of a “spiritual dimension to life.”   If his argument holds, it would mean that God / “the Transcendent” / “the Divine” (depending on if you use Western, personal categories or Eastern, impersonal categories, is an ontological reality, not simply a projection of humanity’s imagination.  Today we’ll … Continue reading

John Hick: The Fifth Dimension Chapter II – Naturalism as Bad News for the Many

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We continue exploring John Hick’s, , a book in which Hick makes an extended argument for the reality of a “spiritual dimension to life.”   If his argument holds, it would mean that God / “the Transcendent” / “the Divine” (depending on if you use Western, personal categories or Eastern, impersonal categories, is an ontological reality, not simply a projection of humanity’s imagination.  Today we’ll … Continue reading

John Hick : The Fifth Dimension Chapter I – Where We Start Today: The Naturalistic Assumption

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We continue exploring John Hick’s, , a book in which Hick makes an extended argument for the reality of a “spiritual dimension to life.”   If his argument holds, it would mean that God / “the Transcendent” / “the Divine” (depending on if you use Western, personal categories or Eastern, impersonal categories, is an ontological reality, not simply a projection of humanity’s imagination.  Today we’ll … Continue reading

John Hick: The Fifth Dimension – Intro “The Big Picture”

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So I have decided to embark on a long and arduous journey through John Hick’s, , a book in which Hick makes an extended argument for the reality of a “spiritual dimension to life.”   If his argument holds, it would mean that God / “the Transcendent” / “the Divine” (depending on if you use Western, personal categories or Eastern, impersonal categories, is an ontological … Continue reading

Materialism and the Validity of Reasoning

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In Miracles, C.S. Lewis sets forth the following argument against materialism (that physical matter is all that exists): All possible knowledge, then, depends on the validity of reasoning.  If the feeling of certainty which we express by words like “must be” and “therefore” and “since” is a real perception of how things outside our own minds really “must” be, well and good.  But if this … Continue reading