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The Question of God

Be they philosophers or comedians, missionaries or neuroscientists, people from every walk of life confront the question of God at various times and in different ways. These 12 readings present an array of insights from a wider circle of perspectives on issues and themes dealt with in The Question of God.

Francis Collins - Dir., Human Genome Project.  1950-
An Interview with Francis Collins
"God gave us an opportunity through science to understand the natural world, but there will never be a scientific proof of God's existence."
Peter Sellars - Opera & Television Director.  1957-
An Interview with Peter Sellars
"The artist's work is to lift people out of their usual sense of their own cosmos into a higher vision of what's going on up there."
O.W. Holmes, Jr. - Supreme Court Justice.  1841-1935
Natural Law
"It is enough for us that the universe has produced us and has within it ... all that we believe and love."
Corrie Ten Boom - Christian Missionary.  1892-1983
I'm Still Learning to Forgive
"I had to do it — I knew that. The message that God forgives has a prior condition: that we forgive those who have injured us."
William James - Psychologist/Philosopher.  1842-1910
The Will to Believe
"Our faith is faith in some one else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case."
Steve Martin - Comedian/Author.  1945-
Does God Exist?
"Ask yourself this: Do I really need to know the answer to this question?"
D.T. Suzuki - Zen Scholar.  1870-1966
An Introduction to Zen Buddhism
"Absolute faith is placed in a man's inner being. For whatever authority there is in Zen, all comes from within."
Andrew Newberg & Eugene D'Aquili - Neuroscientists
Wired for the Ultimate Reality
Two cognitive scientists examine the biological mechanisms underlying religious and spiritual experience.
Dorothy Day - Catholic Activist. 1897-1980
Union Square to Rome
"There can be no brotherhood without the Fatherhood of God."
Evelyn Underhill - Mystic/Author.  1875-1941
Practical Mysticism
"The pure soul is like a lens from which all irrelevancies ... have been removed."
Simone Weil - Moral Philosopher/Activist. 1909-1943
Draft for a Statement of Human Obligation
"At the centre of the human heart is the longing for an absolute good, a longing which is always there and is never appeased by any object in this world."
Viktor Frankl - Psychotherapist.  1905-1997
Man's Search for Meaning
"If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering."