||God and His Creation (Open universe)
||God and creation (clockwork, closed abandoned universe)
||Matter exists eternally. There is no God. Cosmos is primary.
||Same as naturalism (Therefore there is no value to reality).
||Matter=eternal. Reality is objective (natural and material
law) and subjective (internal mind).
||Atman (soul of man is Brahman (soul of Universe).
We are all moving toward the "one."
||The self (the soul, the integrated central essence of
man) is the prime reality.
|Who is Man?
||Created in God's Image, thus possessing personality,
|Man is personal but subject to clockwork universe, a
||Man is matter and only matter; a complex machine.
||Same as naturalism, therefore, man's existence is meaningless.
||Existence precedes essence-man makes himself who he is.
||To realize one's "oneness" with universe is to pass beyond
|| The unifying center of the cosmos.
|What happens at Death?
||Either the gate to life with God or to eternal separation
||God is not concerned about man, man merely ceases to
||Death= extinction of personality and individuality-
disorganization of matter
|Same as naturalism
||Man is totally free as regards his nature and destiny
(even at death)
||Reincarnation or realization of oneness.
||Physical death is not the end of the self
|How Can we Know Truth?
||God has spoken! He communicates with man through both
general and special revelation (the Word and Jesus Christ).
||Empiricism (observation of creation); general revelation
||Empiricism and man's reason (rationalism), but we can
never grasp reality.
||Same as naturalism
||The objective world is absurd. We can know only by authenticating
||We know by becoming, moving toward the one.
||Occult, psychedelic, conceptual, relativist approaches
to cosmic consciousness
|What kind of Ethics?
||Based on the character of God as good. He sets absolute
standards of morality.
||Natural and general moral law
||All existence relational and so human action can be significant
||There is none-
morality is neither necessary nor possible.
|Morality is rooted in human choice (relativistic situational)
we create our own values.
||To realize oneness is to pass beyond good/evil Cosmos=
||Rooted in the satisfaction of the Self (cf. below)
|Meaning of History?
meaningful sequence of events leading to the fulfillment
of God's purposes for man.
|Basically determined -
man is part of mechanistic universe.
|Linear stream of events linked by cause and effect but
||Same as naturalism
All life = absurdity
|History is meaningless
|History is cyclical
||Ordinary categories of time, space, morality tend to