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God the Known and God the Unknown   By: (1835-1902)

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God the Known and God the Unknown by Samuel Butler is an enlightening exploration into the realm of religious thought. Butler's book delves deep into the fundamental question of human understanding and perception of the divine. With a critical and philosophical approach, the author challenges conventional religious beliefs and prompts readers to consider the nature of God in both familiar and unfamiliar domains.

One of the captivating aspects of this book is Butler's ability to present contrasting perspectives on the concept of God. He begins by examining the known aspects of God, those ideas that have been woven into the tapestry of religions throughout history. Butler dissects these beliefs objectively, dissecting their origins and exploring their contradictions. By questioning the conventional notions of God, the author provides readers with a fresh perspective, encouraging them to critically evaluate their own beliefs and understandings.

However, it is in the discussion of the unknown aspects of God where this book truly shines. Butler delves into the realm of the mysterious, exploring the infinite possibilities of what God could be beyond human comprehension. Drawing from various religious and philosophical sources, he presents different theories and interpretations. Through his keen observations and astute analysis, Butler manages to shed light on the expanse of the unknown and encourages readers to venture into the unexplored territories of their faith.

Butler's writing style is eloquent and thought-provoking. His carefully crafted arguments are supported by a wide range of references, both historical and contemporary. The author's depth of knowledge is impressive, and he seamlessly weaves together various perspectives into a cohesive narrative. While the subject matter can be complex, Butler's clear and accessible language ensures that even those with limited background in religious studies can comprehend and engage with his ideas.

In God the Known and God the Unknown, Samuel Butler aims to stimulate a deeper understanding and contemplation of God. He succeeds in creating a space for open dialogue and encourages readers to question their preconceived notions about the divine. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Butler's conclusions, the book serves as a catalyst for personal growth and spiritual development, providing a source of inspiration for those seeking to broaden their perspectives on the complexities of the divine realm.

In conclusion, God the Known and God the Unknown is a profound and intellectually stimulating exploration of religious thought. Samuel Butler's critical examination of conventional beliefs, coupled with his insightful analysis of the unknown, offers readers a refreshing perspective on the nature of God. This book is sure to ignite contemplation, discussion, and personal growth for anyone willing to venture into the vast mystery of the divine.

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By Samuel Butler

Prefatory Note

"GOD the Known and God the Unknown" first appeared in the form of a series of articles which were published in "The Examiner" in May, June, and July, 1879. Samuel Butler subsequently revised the text of his work, presumably with the intention of republishing it, though he never carried the intention into effect. In the present edition I have followed his revised version almost without deviation. I have, however, retained a few passages which Butler proposed to omit, partly because they appear to me to render the course of his argument clearer, and partly because they contain characteristic thoughts and expressions of which none of his admirers would wish to be deprived. In the list of Butler's works "God the Known and God the Unknown" follows "Life and Habit," which appeared in 1877, and "Evolution, Old and New," which was published in May, 1879. It is scarcely necessary to point out that the three works are closely akin in subject and treatment, and that "God the Known and God the Unknown" will gain in interest by being considered in relation to its predecessors.




MANKIND has ever been ready to discuss matters in the inverse ratio of their importance, so that the more closely a question is felt to touch the hearts of all of us, the more incumbent it is considered upon prudent people to profess that it does not exist, to frown it down, to tell it to hold its tongue, to maintain that it has long been finally settled, so that there is now no question concerning it... Continue reading book >>

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