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