I have alwasy been intruiged by the so called "Eternal Questions"
Who are we,
What are we,
Why are we here,
What is the Nature of Being Here really.
And these pages represent my personal exploration of those questions. Given the Long history of Theology and Comparative Religion, it would seem vain to presume that I have come up with a new and Unique contribution to this field of thought, rather than simply rediscovering an arguement I am ignorant of due to the limits of my reading, but I think that may be just what I have done.
For most of our history this debate has been primarily conducted By Priests, Scholars and Kings, people with a vested interest in the outcome. They have seen these issues through the lense of a certain set of assumptions; If there is a God, s/he must be Just, s/he Must be Loving, s/he must be reasonable. Of course if we look at the world around us we see a world at odds with that assumption. Thus when Comedian Lewis Black, voices a frustrated "A Just and Loving God would not allow for this Shit!", we know just what he means.
It seems to me, perhaps we err in our assumptions. If you invest just a little of your time and read the next few pages to the section entitled; The Tragedy of Omnipotence; I think you might find a vision of Diety that both powerfully speaks to the existance of God/dess, while challanging our assumptions of the nature of that Diety; and not just our assumptions in the west; but across many world traditions.
I am not a Buddha, I have not had a great Awakening, only a few small gifts in mediation. I simply learn things better if I put the ideas before me to the test of experience, common sense, and Logic, in the Labratory of my own writing, even as the Buddha himself admonished his followers to do for themselves, and best when I can sharpen those Ideas against the wetstone of other minds. With that in mind you are always welcome to email me about any posting, I will reply as time allows, and your email and my reply will be posted, unless you specifically ask otherwise.
I feel it is necessary to begin with a few thoughts on Epistomology to come to working agreement with you the reader on the subject of what we can know, before we pursue the more interesting questions.
From there we begin our exploration with the Chinese vision of Chi, that leads us step by step to the vision of Diety that climaxes in the Tragedy of Omnipotence. I hope by examining certain idea's critically, it is taken that I mean to disrespect the traditions they come from, debate of these Ideas has a long standing tradition in India, and one I believe we could all learn from in the end. It is not enough in my opinion to memorize your holy book, then swallow it whole as an "Act of Faith." God/dess gave us reason, and intelligence that we might know Deity better, not to hide from us.
Ama tu ANKI, BB.
*God/dess - A small point I would like to make just now is that Ultimate Deity is clearly beyond gender, so I will endeavor to refer to this level of being as God/dess or simply the Deity. When we are dealing with Transcendental beings, traditionally called Gods that occupy a place in reality between ourselves and the ultimate mystery I will refer to them by the Gender traditionally ascribed to them to the extent that this makes sense, and as God/dess where it does not make sense to be gender specific.