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like William James, think that personal religious experience has its roots
and center in mystical states of consciousness. If, like me, you've had
this (feeling of Oneness?) type experience, then you'll respect my
following fumbled characterization: 1) it can't be adequately described in
words, 2) it provides insight into fundamental Truth—perhaps that
perception of discrete objects and the passage of time are illusions, 3)
it can't be sustained for long, 4) it makes me feel passive—as if
grasped by a superior power (perhaps God?)
believe in a God who might be called "The Creator of the Universe"
or "The First Cause" and who may be the ultimate source of a
creative dynamism ("vital spark"?) that seemingly energizes life.
Beyond that initial moment (which some link to "The Big Bang") I
believe God does not interfere with the workings of the universe—which
proceed according to physical laws. I believe humans can only indirectly
know God through observation and rational investigation of the natural
world—not directly through divine revelation or mystical experience.
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from Coming of Age in the Global Village, by Stephen P. Cook, with Donella H. Meadows.