Book: The God that Says I Am by J.A.V. Simsoncategories: Book, Being, Religion, Community, Glossary, Quest, History, Word, Discourse, Spiritual
J.A.V. Simsonabout this book: This is a book for spiritual explorers who take an open-minded view of the quest for a deeper connection to the world around them—and to the larger universe. It examines the roots of spiritual feelings and focuses on the sense of awe that generates an impulse to worship. The meditations represent a thirty-year effort to synthesize the author's spiritual experiences with an understanding of reality as a practicing scientist.
Throughout human history, individuals have experienced mystical connections with their surroundings and have tried to express those experiences in words. But words are limited and limiting, and efforts to describe the indescribable have generated many different religions, each with its own theology and rituals of worship.
During the past four millennia, religions have been central to the formation of larger human social groups, informing morality, creating meaning, and generating common cultural practices and artifacts. The author asks whether the spiritual dimension of human experience can truly reflect a facet of reality, and if so, how that reality might be integrated into a scientific world view.
A valuable asset of the book is its glossary, which helps readers think carefully about words commonly used in religious discourse.
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