Notes for John Hick & Rowe 1-18

Notes for John Hick & Rowe 1-18 - Are we to say...

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Are we to say that for each name in our directory of gods there is an additional consciousness, with the further attributes specified in the description of that particular deity? o In most cases this would be theoretically possible since min most cases the gods are explicitly finite beings whose powers and spheres of operation are at least approximately known and many of them could coexist without contradiction. o On the other hand the gods of the monotheistic faiths are thought of in each case as the one and only God, so that it is impossible for there to be more than on instantiation of this concept. There are yet other major forms of thought and experience which point to non-personal ultimate’s: Brahman, the Dharmakaya, Nirvana, Sunyata, the Tao The naturalistic response is to see all these systems of belief as factually false although perhaps as expressing the archetypal daydreams of the human mind whereby it has distracted itself from the harsh problems of life We cannot claim that our religious experiences are true while others are not o But we can claim that others are false or confused and inferior versions of your own o But the rational justification for treating yours as right is to a divine
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