Originally Posted By: Revlgking
Sam, awhile back I asked you a question contained within a quote by you,
Originally Posted By: samwik
[quote=Revlgking]Sam, what makes my definition of 'god' a 'transcendent' one?
You said ...It refers to something beyond the material/dimensional, such as when you say, "not as a 'god' in any way shape or form--that is, an idol with dimensions--or even a supernatural being, with dimensions ...."

I also asked,
Originally Posted By: Revlgking
I also ask: What do the common terms 'religion','gods','god' and 'God'--as used in English Bibles, theological writings and by virtually all monotheists, non-theists and atheists--mean to you?
Then you added,
...save for later ...though I like the omni-definition for God ...as being omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient ...in a transcendent way, of course....

I think both science and theology can be thought of as ways that humans have devised ...to study the source....
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You mention, studying, "the source". With this "source" in mind I am a new member of new forum. It is http://wondercafe2.ca
Welcome to members of all faiths, of no faiths, including curious inquirers, agnostics and atheists.
There, I started a thread, in the form of a dialogue, about the source of Christian theology and its central figure, Jesus. Here it is:

BTW, some Bible scholars believe that the Gospel of Mark is the oldest written Gospel. It was written down by Mark about 25 years following the death of Jesus and is based on the sermons of Peter, who was illiterate.

There is some evidence that long before Mark, a document circulated among the first Christians, which was called the "sayings of Jesus".

In modern times, German scholars gave it the title, the quelle (the German for 'source') or 'source' document. For short, it was called the 'Q' document.

Hiya RevL., Good to see you’re keeping up with the ‘philosophizing on religion’ dimensions such as this.
I don’t recall if you explained about how the social dimension that religion also fulfills for civilizations, historically, is important or not; and how your multifaceted definitions relate to that social dimension, rather than only to a totally subjective appreciation and comprehension of religious oneness.

What about the social role of religions, such as the functions that religions serve for unifying and binding together and helping provide narrative understanding across a (broad spatial) cultural entity as well as across the generations of a culture’s long history and presumed future?

Were religions, historically, agents of social stability, social justice, and/or social evolution?
What serves those needs and functions in society today?
Should religions participate in those larger social dimensions, today, or are they too subjective to be relevant?

There are many social dimensions (of people and the planet) that religions can help inform:


"...to march for climate action with 400,000 others in New York City on September 21, 2014." -Sept.25 2014

The Bread of Life is the carbon cycle, manifested (or mana fested).

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Pyrolysis creates reduced carbon! ...Time for the next step in our evolutionary symbiosis with fire.