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A Plausible GodSecular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology$
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Mitchell Silver

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226818

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226818.001.0001

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A First Pass at Defining “God”: The All and the One

A First Pass at Defining “God”: The All and the One

(p.14) 2 A First Pass at Defining “God”: The All and the One
A Plausible God

Mitchell Silver

Fordham University Press

This chapter introduces the concept of God. The simplest conceptualization of God for Green and Lerner is that God is everything. The chapter argues that all being is simply too neutral an entity to carry much moral, emotional, social, or intellectual freight. The key structural element of Green's Being is that it is not a heap of beings; it is an organic whole. All of being may not be the same, but it all works together for a common end, and no part of being would be what it is without the rest of being. Therefore, another aspect of Being's oneness is that the whole is implicit in each part. The chapter suggests that organicity may be the basis of the universe's godlike qualities, but by itself it makes no God out of all being.

Keywords:   Being, Arthur Green, organic whole, God, organicity, everything

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