The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

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The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss Author David Bentley Hart
ISBN-10 0300209355
ISBN-13 9780300209358
Year 2014-09-30
Pages 376
Language English
Publisher Yale University Press
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From one of the most revered scholars of religion an incisive explanation of how the word God functions in the worlds great faiths Despite the recent ferocious public debate about belief the concept most central to the discussionGodfrequently remains vaguely and obscurely described Are those engaged in these arguments even talking about the same thing In a wide ranging response to this confusion esteemed scholar David Bentley Hart pursues a clarification of how the word God functions in the worlds great theistic faiths Ranging broadly across Judaism Christianity Islam Vedantic and Bhaktic Hinduism Sikhism and Buddhism Hart explores how these great intellectual traditions treat humanitys knowledge of the divine mysteries Constructing his argument around three principal metaphysical momentsbeing consciousness and blissthe author demonstrates an essential continuity between our fundamental experience of reality and the ultimate reality to which that experience inevitably points Thoroughly dismissing such blatant misconceptions as the deists concept of God as well as the fundamentalist view of the Bible as an objective historical record Hart provides a welcome antidote to simplistic manifestoes In doing so he plumbs the depths of humanitys experience of the world as powerful evidence for the reality of God and captures the beauty and poetry of traditional reflection upon the divine

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