From the May, 2001 issue of Touchstone
The Divine Encounter by Diogenes Allen

The Divine Encounter

The Ways We Find Faith: Intellect, Need & Interaction

by Diogenes Allen

In my seminary days it was an enormous relief to learn that the ancient Jewish belief in God did not arise from reflection on the natural world but rather because of Abraham’s encounter with Yahweh.

From my previous work in philosophy I had assumed that the ancient Jews believed in God because they wondered where the world came from and how it got its order. I was told that Hume’s and Kant’s refutation of the inference from nature’s order and existence to God were decisive refutations of any move from nature to God. So it had previously looked to me as if the Jews were guilty of bad l . . .


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