Thursday, May 11, 2006

Theology

Welcome to my reincarnated Atheist-Jewish blog. I've decided to make my opinions readily available on the internet for everyone's reference.

So I'll be discussing various aspects of Judaism & Atheism while addressing questions posed by both you, the reader and answering my own questions with a full study & thorough thought process. (Well, it's an ideal anyway...)


Here we go:
Wednesday nights are the nights I go to Confirmation class. Confirmation refers to a ceremony created in the Reform movement of Judaism where students who have become b'nai mitzvot "confrim" their beliefs as more experienced Jewish adults. It is a group ceremony where the confirmation process happens in a group setting rather than individual b'nai mitzvot ceremonies.

In any case, I just got back the theology poster I made earlier in the year. The date was October 23rd, 2005 to be exact. What we did was cut & paste our own personal theologies based on six widely accepted philosophies of Judaism: Theism, Theistic Finitism (Limited Theism), Religious Naturalism, Mysticism (Kaballah), Religious Existentialism & Religious Humanism.

Now since the one that probably popped out of that list the most was Kaballah, let's dispell a few myths.
1. Kaballah in its most strict form does not allow women (like Madonna).
2. The world center of Kaballah is in Svat, Israel (a very cool place, if I may add)
3. It is a legitimate theology that has been delegitimized by the stars who are associated with the fad it has become.

I could spend a very long time describing each theology and giving a background on it, but I think we'll save that for a future post. Instead, I'll list the statements of my own theology & mark which theology to which they refer.

  1. God cannot be "defined." Whenever we define, we intend to limit and categorize, to make God less than what God is. (RE)
  2. God is not a transcendent spiritual reality, an omnipotent existent God does not exist. (RH)
  3. God is the image of our higher self, a symbol of what we potentially can or ought to be. (RH)
  4. God is ultimately unknowable to the human mind. (M)
  5. Our aim is to understand ourselves, our relations to others, our limitations and potentialities. (RH)
  6. We must relate to others, find roots in the "brotherhood" of humanity, create, find identity and make sense of this world.
  7. God is the moral power of the cosmos, i.e. the ethical goal, the pattern of perfection toward which human beings should strive.
  8. We can experience a sense of cosmic unity and order based on our relation to the world through thought and love.
  9. Faith in "God" is not the issue. Imitation of the qualities which human beings attribute to God is the issue. (Justice, Love, Mercy, Truth, etc.)
#9, as you may have noticed, is probably the most important statement in the entire theology, just in case you missed the hint (it's in bold).

In any case, I welcome a discussion of this topic. Perhaps now we can slightly understand the Godless Jew paradox?

1 Comments:

Anonymous Trinky said...

Hey Maddy! Nothing better than a nice long post to end your day...

Anyway. it's good that Kaballah isn't the fad it has been made to be. What hint?

And finally, try to keep your intro post a seperate post from your first post. Just easier to read that way.

P.S. you may have noticed me posting comments as trinky. I forgot my password.

10:47 PM  

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