Chapter

Someone to Watch Over Me

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226818.003.0006
Someone to Watch Over Me

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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

Chapter.  6001 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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