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Thanksgiving Quotes

Thanksgiving Quotes Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur...

Philosophical Theism

What Is Philosophical Theism? Philosophical theism is the belief that a deity exists (or must exist) independent of the teaching or revelation of any particular religion.[1] It represents belief in a personal God entirely without doctrine. Some philosophical theists are persuaded of a god’s existence by philosophical arguments, while others consider themselves to have a religious faith that need not...

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Occasionalism

What Is Occasionalism? Occasionalism is a philosophical theory about causation which says that created substances cannot be efficient causes of events. Instead, all events are taken to be caused directly by God. (A related theory, which has been called “occasional causation“, also denies a link of efficient causation between mundane events, but may differ as to the identity...

Unitarianism

What Is Unitarianism? Unitarianism (unitas “unity, oneness”, from unus “one”) is a Christian theological movement named for its belief that the God in Christianity is one person, as opposed to the Trinity (tri- from Latin tres “three”) which in many other branches of Christianity defines God as one being in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.[1] Unitarian Christians, therefore, believe that Jesus was inspired by God in his moral teachings, and...

Omnipresence

Omnipresence Omnipresence or ubiquity is the property of being present everywhere. The term omnipresence is most often used in a religious context as an attribute of a deity or supreme being, while the term ubiquity is generally used to describe something “existing or being everywhere at the same time, constantly encountered, widespread, common.”...

Causality

What Is Causality? Causality (also referred to as causation,[1] or cause and effect) is what connects one process (the cause) with another process or state (the effect), where the first is partly responsible for the second, and the second is partly dependent on the first. In general, a process has many causes,[2] which are said to be causal factors for...

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Problem Of Religious Language

Problem Of Religious Language The problem of religious language considers whether it is possible to talk about God meaningfully if the traditional conceptions of God as being incorporeal, infinite, and timeless, are accepted. Because these traditional conceptions of God make it difficult to describe God, religious language has the potential to be meaningless. Theories...

Proof Of The Truthful

Proof Of The Truthful The Proof of the Truthful[1] (برهان الصديقين‎, burhan al-siddiqin,[2] also translated Demonstration of the Truthful[2] or Proof of the Veracious,[3] among others) is a formal argument for proving the existence of God introduced by the Islamic philosopher Avicenna (also known as Ibn Sina, 980–1037). Avicenna argued that there must be a “necessary existent” (واجب الوجود‎,...

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Higher Consciousness

Higher Consciousness Higher consciousness is the consciousness of a higher Self, transcendental reality, or God. It is “the part of the human being that is capable of transcending animal instincts”.[1] The concept was significantly developed in German Idealism, and is a central notion in contemporary popular spirituality. However, it has ancient roots, dating back...

Divine Command Theory

Divine Command Theory The Divine command theory (also known as theological voluntarism)[1][2] is a meta-ethical theory which proposes that an action’s status as morally good is equivalent to whether it is commanded by God. The theory asserts that what is moral is determined by what God commands, and that for a person...

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Absurdism

What Is Absurdism? In philosophy, “the Absurd” refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any in a purposeless, meaningless or chaotic and irrational universe. The universe and the human mind do not each separately cause the Absurd, but rather, the...

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Ego And Worship

Ego And Worship A Vision Of Humans Faces Man has two faces: one, concerning his ego, looks to the life of this world. The other, concerning worship and servitude to God, looks to eternal life. In respect to the first face he is a wretched creature whose capital consists only...

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Mutual Assistance In The Universe

Mutual Assistance In The Universe Life in the whole of the universe displays a symphony of mutual helping. Just like the members, organs and systems, even cells, of a living animal body, all parts of the universe support and help one another. For example, for a single apple to come...

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Life Is The Brightest Evidence Of God

Life Is The Brightest Evidence Of God Every thing, every being in existence displays God’s Unity as a most manifest truth. For example, of the innumerable arguments for His existence and Unity, consider life: He makes everything out of one thing and makes one thing out of many things. He...

Life And Science

Life And Science Life* is a riddle but transparent. It is a riddle in that scientists, who cannot explain it with material causes, are unable to discover its origin. It is transparent because it shows or reflects a creative power. Through both its transparency and its being a riddle, life...

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God’s Attributes of Glory

God’s Attributes of Glory According to the religious methodology or the basic principles of religion, God’s Attributes consist of certain transcending and blessed concepts—whose transcendence and blessedness come from the Being Whom they describe; these describe God Almighty and are, in one sense, regarded as the veils of the Divine...

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Putting an End to a Long Journey

Putting an End to a Long Journey Human beings have an exceptional place among creation; they are travelers whose journey of life passes through the Realm of the Transcendental Manifestation of Divine Commands; their eyes are fixed on the Realm of the Transcendental Manifestation of Divine Attributes and Names, and...

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Ta‘ayyunat (Identifications) and What Lies Before

Ta‘ayyunat (Identifications) and What Lies Before Literally meaning coming forward, emerging and being made specific, in Sufi terminology ta‘ayyun means that the different natures or different essential characteristics inherent in the Divine Being manifest themselves with different wavelengths and ranks and infinitely expand in the All-Existence, the All-Life, and the...

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Lawhun Mahfuz (the Supreme Preserved Tablet) and What Lies Before

Lawhun Mahfuz (the Supreme Preserved Tablet) and What Lies Before Lawh is literally a board to write on, and the Lawhun Mah­fuz is the immaterial board or tablet on which God has prerecorded everything, material and spiritthe Manifest Record, the Manifest Book,ual, animate and inanimate, or it is another title...

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Haqq (the Truth), Haqiqa (the Genuine) and What Lies Beyond

Haqq (the Truth), Haqiqa (the Genuine) and What Lies Beyond  Literally meaning what is true, established and constant, haqq (the truth) denotes that an utterance, an act, or a creed is totally in agreement with what is originally true, real, and genuine. Its opposite is batil (falsehood). In addition, haqq...

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