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Defining 'God'

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Posted by Harvey on October 31, 2002 18:23:33 UTC

Richard,

What you say is true, but I think the Buddhists have a different conception of God than that of a personage. If one believes in a metaphysical reality where one passes onto when they die, then this suggests an order to the world which I think qualifies as 'God'. It is a 'God' that is able to discern what souls should be in Nirvana and what souls should return to earth for re-birth.

I don't think that Buddhists are secularists even in the least bit. They have strong spiritual ties that provide a meaningful account to human existence. What I have been discussing is a metaphysical materialism that states specifically that meaning is only a human concept and that, in the end, human life is either ontologically meaningless or must be treated as ontologically meaningless.

Wr, Harv

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