Incarnational Theology.

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What is Incarnational Theology?

Theologically speaking Michael Murray and Michael Rea explain that “the doctrine of the Incarnation holds that, at a time roughly two thousand years in the past, the second person of the trinity took on himself a distinct, fully human nature” (1). Thus, the result is that Jesus was a single person in full possession of two distinct natures: one human and one divine. According to the Council of Chalcedon (451 AD) the divine nature of the Son was united but not mixed with human nature in one divine Person, Jesus Christ, who was both “truly God and truly man.” The council acknowledges that God manifested in Jesus “in two natures without confusion, without change, without division, without separation… [with] each distinctive character of each nature being preserved.”

However, critics have held this concept to be incoherent. Thomas Morris explains that some have contended the doctrine to…

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Sanatana Dharma :Raise and Reason of Atheism (Series # 04)

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“Atheist” means rejecting the faith of God creation and its existence. There is thousand logic has been put before theist like “If God exist why we can not see it?”, “If God is exist then why can not we prove his existence by scientific evidence?” “If god exist, why can not god control and help during natural disaster?” “If God exist, why this whole world is suffer from disease, poverty, torture?” Many consider that God is reason for fight and war. Some says, following path of Dharma and God is addiction. Some say be dharmic is primitive act.

But what is reality?  what is reality about existence of God?  what atheist think is right?

The Reason of Being Atheist

The concluded point by me that why people chose to be atheist:

  1. People ignorance towards concept of God, Character, Concept of Karma and Natural law.
  2. In Name of religion, a narrow mindset which has been developed in…

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Faith and Belief: Is Evidence Necessary?

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By Ian G Graham.

It’s not hard to create a battle when insults are hurled from the trenches of modernity – a battle for belief in God, gods as opposed to non-belief. It’s a battle for the mind – one’s view of the cosmos. It’s a battle about if you’re happy, moral and ethically fair-minded, deluded, a Freudian tragic, have a cosis or ism kind of mental issue, live a rational, considered life in the light of scientific reason, or whether you’re a true-born-again from the cradle of the Enlightenment.

Battalions of non-belief warriors wait to wage secular war should any unsuspecting web- user type the G-word into their browser. Baring their teeth in defence of ungodliness they proudly wear the badge of free-thought, that’s free-thought from religious entrapment. Counter- attacking, the religious bring out the full arsenal – divine revelations weaved into centuries of cultural development – art, debate, imagery, ritual, practice and the offer of salvation, release, non-attachment and eternal life… whatever.

It may sound as you read this, I wouldn’t back secularism (the relatively new kid on the block) in comparison to religion as the mother of happiness. Putting my money on faith in a Divine entity may seem more the way to go, because it cements my birthright to stability and happiness, but is this necessarily the case? In my opinion, backing the latter over the former would be naïve. There are devotees who walk on all religious paths, who believe in God or gods all their life, yet they are no happier for their experience than non-believers. The joy and happiness on the faces of many of my atheist friends are proof of that.

But what about faith and belief in something can we live without it?  Many atheists claim beliefs without evidence are limiting and lead to superstition which is how humans got caught-up in the falsifying grasp of religion in the first place. Falsifying, even dangerous some proclaim, but is that right? Is believing in God within a religious system the most dangerous and damaging option for us? Is religion as misleading as the prophets of secularism keep telling us? I say no, not entirely, and I would go further by saying it can have incredible benefits for some people… and… it will always be with us – to be religious and believe in God or gods is as much a part of our existence as breathing (see my post on Emile Durkheim). I’m also convinced that humans adopt a position of religiousness even if they don’t subscribe to traditional organized religion and I contend that everyone believes in something.

1891fff3294fbed6ec99bf189421028d  In his classic book The Will to Believe William James (1842-1910) the notable American scholar argues that evidence (something espoused as a lack thereof, to attack theists) is not necessary and to believe and have faith is healthy and permissible. James digs further along this line of argument by stating that belief without evidence is in fact, highly beneficial. To adopt belief or have faith says James, actually aids one through the trials and hardships of life, therefore, it has to have its advantages.

d72521b3303cf25ec3a5a063a3605390 The opposition argument to James’ claim was put by W.K. Clifford (1845-1879) in Ethics of Belief. For Clifford, belief without evidence is immoral and he attempts to illustrate this by telling the story of an irresponsible boat owner.

Here’s a brief summary…

The owner of a boat ignores the state of the vessel’s condition – ripped sails and cracks in the hull making it highly prone to sinking with disastrous consequences should anyone decide to take it offshore into deep waters. What’s worse, is the boat owner BELIEVES his boat is safe and seaworthy and asks his friends to take a journey with him out to sea. Despite his faith in the boat the predictable happens and it sinks drowning all his friends. Clifford asks: “Wouldn’t he be guilty as charged for causing their deaths?”

Clifford applies this unfortunate episode to confirm his claim that anyone who believes in anything without proper evidence (God included) is as guilty as the boat owner.

James responded to this by arguing that if one eliminates belief and faith from their life, one becomes loaded with over cautionary measures and never takes a risk.

Here’s an example of what James’ means by risk and why faith is important…

Imagine going into surgery and not having faith in the anaesthetist to accurately monitor your vital signs while you’re under her care. Or, what if you were at an intersection with 3 other vehicles at different points? Someone has to believe the traffic rules will be observed and precede across the intersection, otherwise they’d sit there until pigs fly to the moon backwards.

Let me give you an example closer to home. When my son was 14 years old he competed for a place in his school’s first eight rowing team. I felt his chances were strong to win in, but he was riddled with fear and doubt about whether he was up to the mark. After spending some time with him though, I managed to convince him to put more belief in his ability to gain selection. He actually surprised me with how much he took on my suggestion to renew his self-belief and on the nominated day for the trials he succeeded in gaining a place in the crew with flying colours. So was evidence needed to get him there? Was it important? And did his turning from doubt and caution to a belief have any benefits, even though it was based on an assumption? Absolutely.

In my opinion, James makes good his argument for one to adopt faith and belief. For those who dare to step into the eye of the storm sometimes there are benefits.

 

Belief and Dogma in the Age of Disenchantment!

IAN G GRAHAM

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Are we living in a disenchanted world where secularists invite us to eat from a tasting plate of feel-free delights? Others tell us to peck around scraps left at the jagged edges of reality and some offer us the discomfort of darkness… and to only seek answers in the clear light of reason.

Plenty of rocks are thrown in life, we all get stoned and have scars to show for it, even in this age of individualism but rather than seeking guidance through a system of belief (in a traditional sense), the quest for good feelings and happiness is now chemical and the Holy Grail of psychiatry – euphoria along neuronal pathways. Are substances going to get you and I out of existential despair though, get us over the line to happiness? What’s it to be, a prescription for a bowlful of chemical soup thickened with pointless self-serving morality, or…

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Extraordinary Experiences: Religious and Other Physic Phenomenon.

IAN G GRAHAM

by Ian G Graham.

14763396765_61e3af2f67_zThe occurrence of religious and preternatural experiences within different cultures over many centuries has been well documented and attempts by modern scientific materialists to dismiss them as delusions or mental health issues has not been entirely successful. The fact is, of the millions of people who have unusual experiences of various kinds, most are healthy everyday well- adjusted people.

Individuals can experience unusual phenomenon that is frequent or rare, from the more common experiences we’re all familiar with like: gut feelings, premonitions, distant knowing, deja vu, ESP, telepathy and events involving synchronicity, to more intense life-changing events where one might experience something ineffable – a mystical union of oneness with a divine reality or a religious epiphany. Here are a few typical examples of the more common experiences people report:

Pizza Place Premonition:

While I was working at XYZ, I started to feel like I was…

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