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

Mitchell Silver

in A Plausible God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226818
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236565 | DOI:
A First Pass at Defining               “God”: The All and the One

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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

Chapter.  2962 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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