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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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Someone to Watch Over Me

Someone to Watch Over Me

(p.58) 6 Someone to Watch Over Me
A Plausible God

Mitchell Silver

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the solace and hope one can have from a new God and tries to examine things from God's perspective. It argues that the security that comes with guarantees is not to be had from belief in the baseline God. However, people's endeavors have a chance of success. This is a hope that even a God bereft of any organicity offers, so long as it retains the baseline God's property of possible goodness. That hope is the very definition of the baseline God. To believe in it is to believe that the universe contains the possibility of goodness, and goodness includes one's own happiness and vision of justice. The chapter suggests that it is difficult logically to derive comfort from a belief in the baseline God or a close variant. The logic of consolation requires the old, less credible, God.

Keywords:   Old God, baseline God, solace, hope, justice, comfort, perspective

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