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By Phil Zuckerman

Silver Winner of the 2008 Foreword journal publication of the yr Award, faith Category

Before he begun his contemporary travels, it appeared to Phil Zuckerman as though people all around the globe have been getting faith praising deities, acting holy rites, and soberly protecting the realm from sin. yet such a lot citizens of Denmark and Sweden, he came across, don t worship any god in any respect, don t pray, and don t supply a lot credence to spiritual dogma of any variety. rather than being bastions of sin and corruption, notwithstanding, because the Christian correct has prompt a godless society will be, those international locations are packed with citizens who ranking on the very best of the happiness index and revel in their fit societies, which boast a few of the lowest charges of violent crime on this planet (along with many of the lowest degrees of corruption), first-class academic structures, robust economies, well-supported arts, loose overall healthiness care, egalitarian social regulations, notable motorcycle paths, and nice beer.

Zuckerman officially interviewed approximately one hundred fifty Danes and Swedes of every age and academic backgrounds over the process fourteen months. He was once rather drawn to the worldviews of people that stay their lives with out non secular orientation. How do they consider and focus on dying? Are they frightened approximately an afterlife? What he came across is that almost all of his interviewees stay their lives with no a lot worry of the awful Reaper or concerns concerning the hereafter. This led him to ask yourself how and why it's that sure societies are non-religious in an international that appears marked through expanding religiosity. Drawing on widespread sociological theories and his personal vast learn, Zuckerman ventures a few attention-grabbing answers.

This attention-grabbing strategy at once counters the claims of outspoken, conservative American Christians who argue society with out God will be hell in the world. it will be significant, Zuckerman believes, for american citizens to understand that society with out God is not just attainable, however it could be very civil and delightful. "

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Hence change has to be ruled out as only appearance. Now we can consider the Jaina resolution of this dispute about causality with the help of their anekänta method and anekânta philosophy. The anekänta doctrine says that reality is both unchanging and everchanging, for reality has manifold nature, infinitefold complexity. To use the philosophical terminology of A. N. Whitehead, it is both a process and a reality. Thus, what Whitehead says about the ‘chief task of meta­ physics’ will certainly be welcòme to the Jainas : “That ‘all things flow’ is the first vague generalization which the unsystematized, barely analysed, intuition of men has produced.

If Sugata (the Buddha) is omniscient, how do we know that Kapila is not (also omniscient) ? ” This verse quoted in Tattvasamgraha (verse 3148) was apparently used to refute the Jaina doctrine of omniscience. But the same statement can be used, perhaps with a shift in the emphasis or intonation, by a Jaina to defend his anekänta doctrine. In fact, the anekänta doctrine can be vindicated if we assume the omniscience of Mahävira. Thus, Samantabhadra has said : 35 “ Since the doctrines of all ‘non-Jaina’ (tlrthakrt) philosophers contradict each other, none of them is trustworthy.

Org 46 The Central Philosophy o f Jainism Samabhirüdha (the ‘subtle’) : This standpoint asks us to make a subtle distinction in the meanings of words which are supposed to denote the same object. Such distinction can be based upon the etymological derivations of words concerned. Words üke “ râjan", “nrpa", and '*bhüpa” refer to the same person, the king, but each has different etymological formation and hence different meanings, i. , different cognitive meanings. These cognitive meanings appear when we consider their etymology : “ râjan” means one with the royal insignia, “nrpa” means one who protects men, and “ bhüpa” means one who protects the earth.

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