A Thematic Compilation
Avi Sion, Ph. D.
First published, 2009. Expanded edition, 2014.
Theology is about God and Creation, or more precisely perhaps about our ideas of them, how they are formed and somewhat justified, although it is stressed that they can be neither proved nor disproved.
This book is a thematic compilation drawn from past works by the author over a period of thirteen years.
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Contents in brief
1. Logical Aspects of Faith
2. Nagarjuna on God and Creation
3. Theology Without Prejudice
4. Causation, Volition and God
5. Philosophy and Religion
7. The Ideas of God and Creation
8. Sundry Reflections on the Soul and God
Contents in detail
Chapter 1. Logical Aspects of Faith
Drawn from Judaic Logic (1995), chapter 2 (section 4 - part) & chapter 14 (sections 1-2); and addenda 10 & 11.
1. Logic and mysticism
2. On natural proofs of religion
3. Theodicy and the Believer's Wager
4. Proof of God by analogy?
5. Disproofs of God?
Chapter 2. Nagarjuna on God and Creation
Drawn from Buddhist Illogic (2002), chapter 10.
1. Nagarjuna’s main arguments
2. Other issues raised
3. Buddhism and Theism
Chapter 3. Theology Without Prejudice
Drawn from Phenomenology (2003), chapter 9.
1. Applying logical standards to theology
2. Conceiving the Divine attributes
3. Analyzing omniscience and omnipotence
4. Harmonizing Justice and Mercy
5. The formlessness of God
Chapter 4. Causation, Volition and God
Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 1 (section 1), chapter 2 (sections 1-4), chapter 15 (section 2 part & section 3).
1. Causation and volition
2. Necessity and inertia in causation
3. Direct and indirect volition
4. Matter-mind and spirit
5. Conceiving Divine volition
6. Spiritual Darwinism
7. Theological perspectives
Chapter 5. Philosophy and Religion
Drawn from Ruminations (2005), chapter 2 (section 19).
1. Two distinct endeavors
2. Many people make claims
3. How to decide?
4. A word on Buddhism
5. Evaluating claims
6. Acknowledging science
Chapter 6. Meditations
Drawn from Meditations (2006), chapters 5, 6, 8 & 33.
1. Interpretations of meditation
2. The coexistence of the and the many
3. The individual self in Monism
4. Already there
Chapter 7. The Ideas of God and Creation
Drawn from Logical and Spiritual Reflections (2008), Zen Judaism, chapter 1.
1. The idea of God
2. The idea of creation
3. Two acts of faith
Chapter 8. Sundry Reflections on the Soul and God
Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 16 (section 3)
1. About the soul
2. About God
Some readers may find my occasional references to God in some of my works as misplaced. In this day and age, any reference to God is considered by many as necessarily apologetic and prejudiced. But I insist, my works are secular and rational works of philosophy. I simply refuse to be intimidated by ignorant pseudo-philosophers, who tell the masses that atheism is an established fact of ‘science’. I consider myself a philosopher in the ancient and high tradition, which admits of no such fashionable dogma.
In this context, theology is admitted as a legitimate and noble field of open philosophical debate, in which theism and atheism are both given voice and must both argue their case rationally, though both may remain forever equally speculative. In my view, people who claim that atheism is scientific are as epistemologically pretentious as those who claim knowledge of the Divine by ordinary experience and reasoning. The role of philosophy here is merely to eliminate certain incoherent ideas, and so limit the field to a more limited number of respectable ones. Beyond that, all beliefs (including the atheistic) are personal faiths.