Religious tribalism

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A quote from It's Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian, by Samir Selmanovic:

If God created all humanity but gave life-giving knowledge--usually referred to as "revelation"--to only some of humanity, could God in any meaningful sense be thought of as the One God and not only as a god?

Wouldn't such a god be historically or geographically local and therefore either disinterested, powerless, or in some other way incapable of giving lifesaving knowledge to all humanity? To say that God has decided to visit all humanity through only one particular religion is a deeply unsatisfying assertion about God.

4 comments:

Mike aka MonolithTMA said...

I like it!

Ephemeral Thoughts said...

I have Pagan friends who believe that Yahweh is a god and who honor him as part of their pantheon.

Cynthia said...

So glad you found that book!

Jon said...

Interesting... Earlier this week I was part of a group that read the story of Naaman being healed of leprosy by Elisha. He promises to worship no god other than Yahweh in gratitude, and takes home two cartloads of Israeli soil to allow him to do so!