LISTEN NOW! – God: An Autobiography, As Told to a Philosopher – The Podcast

 

 

 

 

Season Three moves to the culminating phase of God: An Autobiography, which ends in a section on Victory. It opens in a dramatic way with the surprising appearance of Jesus. He is more like the Jesus of the gospels than of later theologies. Other religious traditions will still be essential parts of the story, and I will be led to start a project called Theology Without Walls.
In the end, we learn that we are on the threshold of a “new axial age” of spiritual understanding.

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Video Series – “What’s Your Spiritual Autobiography?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you are enjoying my new series of videos. As I have met readers of God: An Autobiography, I have found them to be fascinating people, each with his or her own spiritual story. Our lives are more amazing than we realize! I hope you find these stories as interesting and inspiring as I do.
My Reader Series continues with my interview with Ajit Dass. Ajit is a dear reader in India, whom I had the pleasure of meeting when he was in the U.S. Trained at a top institute of technology, he is also very spiritual, and a close reader of the God book. I found speaking with him fascinating.


My Reader Series continues with my interview with Jonathan Weidenbaum.  Jon is a brilliant philosopher and an engaging teacher of philosophy who also travels the world visiting it’s holy places both east and west. He wrote a penetrating review of God an Autobiography for the online academic journal – Reading Religion.

 


My Reader Series continues with my interview with Rosemarie Proctor. Rosemarie has lived a life of love, loss, of spiritual denial and of spiritual discovery.

 


My Reader Series continues with my interview with Joel Weiner.  Joel is a life long businessman who was called into the leadership of his local Jewish congregation and found himself not only responsible for finances but for giving some sense of direction for the spiritual quest of the congregation.

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My Reader Series continues with my interview with Ray Silverman. Ray is a professor of Religion and English at Bryn Athyn College. He and his wife Star are the authors of an outstanding book of ethical reflections based on the Ten Commandments.

 


Readers of God An Autobiography are fascinating people. Take Matt Cardin for example . . . Matt is a writer of eerie fiction the kind that explores the twilight zones of life. He had never posted an interview on amazon until he read God an Autobiography. . .


 

My readers are amazing people. . . Mark Groleau is a theologian, community activist and honest seeker. To him, living more as Jesus did is more important than fixed doctrines. Shortly after God an Autobiography came out Mark interviewed me for his Wikigod podcast. Here the tables are turned. . . in this searching discussion I ask Mark where his life and spiritual journey are taking him today.

 

Jerry Martin’s Daybook

I am working on a new book and have been sending a proposal to academic publishers.  Most have not yet responded but a few have responded that it, in the current language of rejection, “doesn’t fit our list.”  An editor from one of the most distinguished wrote:  “This is a wonderful project, and I enjoyed reading and thinking with your proposal.”  Abigail has sometimes received even more striking praise in letters of rejection, one saying, “I hope God doesn’t strike me dead for turning this down.”  I have wondered since then if she should have written back, threatening divine retribution, but I suppose calling down infestations and plagues on people has gone out of style

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“Open your mind.”

The idea that there are many gods still did not sit well.  “Lord, which are You saying, that there are many gods or many descriptions of God?”

 

They are the same.

“Manifestations of God?”

Yes.

“But that means there is only one God.”

No, that is too simple.  Open your mind.  Do not assume your current categories are adequate.  Imagine other possibilities.  Do thought-experiments.  For example, what if a being/beings do not have to be only one or only many?  What other ways are there to think about it?

What other possibilities?  I was steeped in Western philosophy, in which the great metaphysical debates have been conducted in terms of such concepts as the one and the many, universals and particulars, identity and difference, being and becoming.  I constantly pressed God to explain things in terms familiar to me.  Sometimes He did, but often he told me that I had to revise my concepts and loosen my logical constraints.  These were the only concepts I had.  Where does one go to get new concepts?

God continued,

Similarly, what other ways are there to think about infinity, omniscience, and so forth.  And, most fundamentally, what other ways are there of thinking about being, nothingness, existence, the power of existence, the act of existence, the force of creation?  I will guide you, but you have to make the breakthrough.  I can’t put new concepts into your head.

“Once again, why not?”

The human being is a …

I seemed to get a partial answer that was making sense in terms of what it is to understand a concept, but it was immediately erased, as if someone pushed the erase button on a tape recorder.

The answer is very complex and you don’t have time for Me to go into it all.  You need to get back to work now.

Lunch break was over.  The vague sense I had afterwards is that a concept is not a distinct entity, like a momentary thought or idea, that you might just zap into somebody’s head, but more like a pattern of mental behavior that has to be lived through, like knowing a melody.