Religious Naturalism

Hindu perspectives

Authored by: Varadaraja V. Raman

The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138292079
eBook ISBN: 9781315228907
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Religions are organized frameworks that have emerged in most human communities and cultures. Theism, which is part of many religions, affirms a personified transcendent principle to account for the emergence and existence of the world of experience. That supreme principle is referred to as God in English and in equivalent terms in other languages. Theism endows God with every positive human capacity and quality imaginable, such as power, knowledge, love, and mercy. These are all attributes of God, each a million-fold to their asymptotic perfection. Not many human beings have claimed to have seen God in a personal way, and fewer still have reported they have interacted or conversed with Him. Yet the idea of God is wide-spread, and firm belief in His existence has been a powerful force in humanity’s cultural history.

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