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In Search of God

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In this chapter, the author examines personal interactions with God- not "kooky" or even mystic experiences, but evidence of a personal God in everyday experience. We learn about other people through verbal communication. The religious phenomena parallel to that are revelation and prayer. Both are highly problematic from a philosophical point of view primarily because one of the communicators, God, is not available for direct, reciprocal communication in the same way human beings are to each other when they have a conversation. That raises many questions. How do we know that it is indeed God communicating with us through revelation? On what basis do we accept one revelation over others or one record of a revelation over others? When we speak to God through prayer, how can we ever be sure that God hears? Is it really communication or only an extended monologue?

Keywords: God; human beings; Prayer; revelation; verbal communication

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