Finally, I have learned how to access this page.
But please be patient with me. Keep in mind that I was born Jan. 14, 1930 and that I am now, July 2013, 83.
I got my basic education in a United-Church sponsored three-room school on Bell Island, Conception Bay, Newfoundland http://www.bellisland.net Bell Island is about nine miles north of the capital, St.John's.
BTW, below is a copy of a letter which I recently wrote to the National Post.
Re: Judge's 'attack' on God Leads To appeal, June 7 and the letter, God versus god, June 8, 2012.
The Rabbi went on to say, "When Justice Clements said, 'Your God is wrong' he was obviously using the phrase to mean 'your idea of God is wrong.' The Rabbi then added, "Had he actually said, 'God is wrong', that would be a blasphemy."
Thanks, Rabbi, for your challenging comments. You bring some very important questions to mind. For example, what do monotheists, deists, unitheists (like me) atheists, and the like really have in their minds when they speak of the one commonly referred to as "God"?
By the way, it is my understanding--and feel free to corrected me if I am wrong--that, when Orthodox Jews write the divine name in English, they write it as "G-d". Is this so?
I also understand that, generally speaking, monotheists, as you indicate, say that "God" and "god" are not one and the same; that capital "G" God refers to the one supreme being in charge of everything, including what is right and wrong. By definition, God cannot be wrong..."
Referring to "God's identity and the ramifications thereof", the Rabbi expressed the hope that "good might come if it leads to more intelligent discussions of God's identity..."
I, too, certainly hope that this will happen.
Rev. Lindsay G. King,
In retrospect, when I think back to that year of work (1946-1947) that followed my high-school student days, here is what comes to mind.
Meanwhile, I did other jobs, but my minister--very pro-active in the whole community of www.bellisland.net. (50% Catholic) helped me get the better-paying job, in the mines. My older brother, Bill (born in 1912) and all family (then four boys and two girls), also encouraged me. He said: You do not need to pay us any room and board. Save everything you earn.
However, the work was such that I could, to the foreman's satisfaction, do the job and enter into what I now know was a trance-like--and now call a META-tative state--any time I willed to do so. In that state, I went over the life I had lived, so far, and, encouraged by my minister's sermons, books I read and movies I saw at the time, in my mind I "wrote" stories about the life I envisioned that was ahead of me.
From then on, this good fortune--I served in the army, the navy, in church mission areas, etc--followed me and my future life-partner, who I met on the way. With a small debt--paid by my new wife (1952), I was ordained in 1953, debt-free. Together, we went off to our full-time work. I "praught"--that is, preached--while she taught.
In response to your comment [quote]Interestingly, 99 percent of the prison population in the U.S. does hold such a belief.[/quote] may I add: Part of my pastoral duties in Toronto 1961-1994 involved founding and developing the volunteer-based Family Life Foundation (1973)--a registered charity. We charge no fees.
In cooperation with Warren FarrI call this approach UNITHEISM. Here, instead of using the noun God, I prefer to use the acronym,
GÕD, or G~0~D. Note the ZERO, and also the use I make of the Tilde, which looks like this, ~ . It happens to be the first upper-case key on the 'puter.
I repeat: I use this acronym for the same reason that Orthodox Jews use the symbol, 'G-d'. I use it to avoid naming 'god' as if there is a being a 'HE', a supernatural being, one who is even now looking over our shoulder.
THIS ENTRY WAS MADE APRIL 1, 2013.