Friday, February 17, 2012
I loved this course and in a way am sad that I just read my last lesson. This course was well written and researched and the author really seems to have put together a fascinating look at philosophy and how it relates to our religions of the world and our religious culture. I believe in one Universal God that displays Himself/Herself to different peoples in different ways so everyday people can relate and find a spiritual path. One path to God is no better than another one. No relgion is better than another one. There are no superior modes of worship or belief. This course has reinforced my beliefs in such a wonderful way. Different cultures and areas of the world have adapted their view of Deity based on geography, population and previous social and historical experience. This author has delved into all these aspects in such a thorough and insightful way, explaining why there are differences in the concept and worship of God. I especially loved the chapters on the Nature,Social,Psychological and Political affects on religious belief and culture, wonderful analysis of what makes religion tick and how the environment plays such a dramatic role in the formation of a religious sect etc.
I learned quite a bit about world religions and belief systems as myth,doctrine,sacred space and scripture was discussed in good detail and explained in everyday English. This author kept his work interesting and not dry, he tried to use everyday examples and a sense of humor at times to lighten things up and make you want to read more. I especially loved the eastern, western and southern faiths and areas chapters, on how geography played such a major role on the develop of religious belief and structure. The only thing I would add to this author's conclusion, is that the future of region and belief in God, is not so reliant on mankind. God is God is God, and that to me means that there are things beyond our control, there is a Destiny for mankind to walk which is beyond all the influences this author describes, there is a Master Plan at work here. God is the Diamond, and all the religions and beliefs of the world as facets of this Diamond. We all see God or Deity through our own facet. This author has done a wonderful job in explaining how and why these facets came to be. I would highly recommend this course to everyone.
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