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By Arvind Sharma

Philosophy of faith as a self-discipline first arose in Europe; its subject material has been profoundly encouraged through the practices of eu Christianity. whereas jap and Western religions hence discovered a spot in those experiences, one international spiritual culture, specifically, the primal culture, continues to be unrepresented in its discussions. This e-book examines the considerably varied views provided by means of primal religions on nearly each subject matter mentioned within the philosophy of faith.

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EvansPritchard’s Nuer Religion and G. Lienhardt’s, Divinity and Experience: The Religion of the Dinka, which are referred to by John S. ”47 However, one should not lose sight of the core idea of God as a person as one concludes this section: “Although he is symbolized in many ways and pictured by many images, God can be called upon because he is neither symbol nor image, but the transcendent pole of life as far as the personin-the-becoming is concerned. ”48 Loving, Good In order to do justice to this section one must begin with a digression.

Suppose that, beginning tomorrow, God wills that human beings should do all the things that God has formerly willed they should not do. Now hatred, cruelty, selfishness, envy, and malice are virtues. God commands them; and since God is good, whatever God wills is right. 53 The resolution which he suggests, he himself admits, is frankly circular: Good is a relational concept, referring to the fulfillment of a being’s nature and basic desires. When humans call God good, they mean that God’s existence and activity constitute the condition of humanity’s highest good.

We have much in common’, he said, ‘They have just come from the Great Mysterious and I am about to return to it’”45 Apart from the fact that Black Elk solves the riddle of the Sphinx in his own Indian way, his approach gives us an indication of the contribution the primal religious experience can make to the philosophy of religion, for it compels us to look at the ‘person’ and the nature of the relationship called ‘personal’ more closely. There can be four combinations of the object as ‘person’ or otherwise, and the relationship to it: (1) one can have a personal relationship with the person, as of a friend to friend; (2) or one can have an 42 Chapter II impersonal relationship to a person, as when Mr.

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