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God

Depending on what belief tradition you hail from, your concept of God can be many different things. The most agreed-upon definition of God is as the Divine Creator, the supreme being responsible for all of life as we know it. Some faiths have many gods (spelled with a lowercase “g”), but the Judeo-Christian faiths in particular refer to one capital-“G” God, who is typically represented as male in gender expression. God is usually characterized as the source of all goodness and love, although some traditions emphasize God’s more wrathful aspect. Regardless of temperament, God is generally recognized to be both omnipotent (having unlimited power) and omnipresent (being everywhere at the same time), which means that God’s worshippers can always be heard in their prayers or recognized in their conduct, regardless of where they happen to be. More personally, followers of God typically express that the relationship they share with their Creator is unlike any other relationship in existence, and that their devotion to God is one of the most important aspects of their lives. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religi...

The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

From one of the most revered scholars of religion, an incisive explanation of how the word “God” functions in the world’s great faiths Despite the recent ferocious public debate about belief, the concept most central to the discussion—God—frequently remains vaguely and obscurely described...

How God Becomes Real: Kindling the Presence of Invisible Others

How do gods and spirits come to feel vividly real to people―as if they were standing right next to them? Humans tend to see supernatural agents everywhere, as the cognitive science of religion has shown. But it isn’t easy to maintain a sense that there are invisible spirits who care about you.

Eclipse of God: Studies in the Relation Between Religion and Philosophy

First published in 1952, Eclipse of God is a collection of nine essays concerning the relationship between religion and philosophy. The book features Buber’s critique of the thematically interconnected—yet diverse—perspectives of Soren Kierkegaard, Hermann Cohen, C.G.

A Sociable God: Toward a New Understanding of Religion

In one of the first attempts to bring an integral dimension to sociology, Ken Wilber introduces a system of reliable methods by which to make testable judgments of the authenticity of any religious movement.

The Case for God

A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.

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