Karen Armstrong, A HISTORY OF GOD (The 4000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), Ballantine Books, c1993 by Karen Armstrong.
A thoughtful and diverse view of our search and perception of the Almighty throughout our history. A must for anyone seeking an objective outlook about the Divine and the religions which claim to represent Him.
C.G.Jung (edited by Aniela Jaffe), MEMORIES, DREAMS, REFLECTIONS, translated by Richard and Clara Winston, Vantage Books Edition, c1961,1962,1963 by Random House.
Wonderful insight into the practical approach toward God from the mind of a great psychiatrist who spent his life in pursuit of the relationship between mind and spirit. Some very interesting observations about God.
THE PRIMAL MIND (Vision and Reality in Indian
A wonderful view of spiritual matters from a Native American perspective. Not only is this work thought provoking, but it can be a wonderful guide for Christians who may want to expand upon their thinking.
Jack Miles, GOD A BIOGRAPHY, First Vintage Books Edition, c1993 by Jack Miles
Traces the evolution of our literary concept of the Divine and the changes in approach toward it in the course of time.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
From the mind of Stephen Hawking , Physicist
Taken from: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, Bantam Books,c1988
An expanding universe does not preclude a Creator, but it does place limits on when he might have carried out his job!
...They would say that God, being omnipotent, could have started the universe off in any way he wanted. That may be so, but in that case he also could have made it develop in a completely arbitrary way. Yet it appears that he choose to make it evolve in a very regular way according to certain laws. It therefore seems equally reasonable to suppose that there are also laws governing the initial state.
The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.
At the big bang and other singularities, all the laws would have broken down, so God would still have had complete freedom to choose what happened and how the universe began.
Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? Is the unified theory so compelling that it brings about its own existence? Or does it need a Creator, and, if so, does he have any other effect on the universe? And who created him?
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