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MYSTICISM

I, 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?) 

MONOTHEISTIC  DEISM

I 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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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.

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