My Idea of God: A Symposium of Faith

My Idea of God: A Symposium of Faith

My Idea of God: A Symposium of Faith

My Idea of God: A Symposium of Faith

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To-day there is but one religious dogma in debate: What do you mean by God? And in this respect today is like all the yesterdays. This is the fundamental religious dogma. -- A. N. WHITEHEAD. Religion in the Making.

Only God is permanently interesting. Other things we may fathom, but He out-tops our thought and can neither be demonstrated nor argued down. The pageant of Nature and the procession of events are endlessly fascinating, yet they are only symbols of something beyond. God is the meaning beyond the facts, the Great Meaning to which all facts contribute, and in which they find explanation. Beyond Him human thought cannot go; short of Him it cannot rest.

God is the First Truth and the Final Reality, and our thought of Him is thought in its longest reach, as experience of Him is the deepest wisdom and peace. It follows, as a consequence, that any uncertainty in our conception of God makes us unhappy in our thinking and feeling about life. For, inevitably, our thought of God determines what we think about ourselves and our fellows, about life and duty and destiny -- our philosophy of history and our . . .

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