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    everything comes from. This is the rationale for why he initiates Ethics with God and nature as an entirety before he ever begins to converse on the human mind. Spinoza was anti-religious in his stance; he did not articulate of a God on a theological or religious aspect but as a metaphysic aspect on the nature of reality. Spinoza concurs with the religious conception that there is in reality an intimate relationship between man and God but not by the Christian notion on the relationship, his ideas on this

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    Part 1: The Rival Conceptions of God by C.S. Lewis In The Rival Conceptions of God, Lewis writes that “… there is only one right answer to a sum, and all the other answers are wrong: but some of the wrong answers are much nearer being right than others.” (1) This quote is significant because it portrays the perspective of one religion towards other religions, and that some religions force their perspectives onto others. In Christianity, Christians believe that if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ

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    Saint Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions

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    Augustine grapples with the paradox of knowing God while yet remaining a finite creature who can scarcely comprehend the infinite. The book opens with a quote from the book of Psalms and Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, accentuating the idea of the greatness of God, “highly to be praised,” as compared to feeble humanity, “a little piece of creation” who bears “his mortality with him” (p. 64). Augustine begins the book with a humble invocation to God taken from the psalmist David: “Grant me

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    It Isn't What God is, But What God is Not

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    ( the one used to get the answer to the game) to reach his conclusion that God is...well, “not”; it isn't what God is, but what God is not. This was Maimonides' negative theology. Maimonides was one of few early people who unknowingly confronted confirmational bias, and Maimonides' negative theology (like the answer to the game), although highly improbable and random, bears much more truth to developing the identity of God. What is confirmational bias? Instead of just agreeing, challenging and eliminating

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    Divine, or God. Therefore, mysticism can be seen as that common thread because it focuses on the experience one has with the Divine. The qualitatively different experience one has with the Divine brings forth the connection and understanding religion strives and advocates for. In “Story Water” a poem by Rumi, a poet and Sufi mystic, water, fire and the body are seen as intermediaries to

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    by impurity. As the result of her parents fall from grace, she represents the sinfulness of their act, and is a continual tool for the recollection of their dubious deed.  Sent, was she, from the Almighty God as a gift, and a burden of the heart. "'God gave me the child?' cried she.  'He gave her in requital of all things else, which ye had taken from me.  She is my happiness!- she is my torture, none the less!  See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable

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    there is more to guilt than just committing the crime. In Charles Brockden Browns’ Wieland, the reader is presented with a moral dilemma: is Theodore Wieland guilty of murdering his wife and children, even though he claims that the command came from God, or is Carwin guilty because of his history of using persuasive voices, even though his role in the Wieland family’s murder is questionable? To answer these questions, one must consider what determines guilt, such as responsibility, motives, consequences

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    Camparing Christian Mysticism and Buddhism

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    from a different light and a different bias. Therefore, how can our descriptions be pure? It may not be possible to faithfully depict the ineffable nor comprehend it truly. Like language, and possibly with the development of language, our conceptions have also narrowed to exclude what is ultimately real. There is the conventional reality that is accepted within a group of people but it is flawed. The application of categories and frameworks onto what is real doesn’t just make placeholders

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    Zarathustra by Me

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    Zarathustra by Me Published 1895 translation by Gerardo Published 1999 ________________________________________ PREFACE This book belongs to the most rare of men. Perhaps not one of them is yet alive. It is possible that they may be among those who understand my \"Zarathustra\": how could I confound myself with those who are now sprouting ears?--First the day after tomorrow must come for me. Some men are born posthumously. The conditions under which any one understands me, and necessarily understands

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    their religion. For Donne it is based out of family differences in religion and the turmoil he saw the country in as he grew, and for Herbert who grew up knowing Donne, it is wither he is worthy and why God chose him to write the words to open others minds to the word of God. “Donne’s conception of God as a ‘metaphysical’ poet, as well as violence in his own metaphors, cannot be understood in isolation from the intellectual history of his age” (Rudnysky 186). John Donne’s life, at least the path he

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