How Hinduism Avoids Philosophical Puzzles of Christians' God

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    Aug 05, 2014 3:17 AM GMT
    NYT: Taking Christianity as the exemplar of religion skews philosophical discussion towards attempts to solve, resolve or dissolve difficult philosophical puzzles inherent in monotheism: problems about God’s powers, goodness and knowledge; attempts to provide rational arguments for God’s existence; the problem of evil; and so on.

    Hindu philosophers have traditionally been far more interested in a quite different array of problems, especially questions about the nature of religious knowledge and religious language, initially arising from their concerns with the Veda as a sacred eternal text and as a source of ritual and moral law.

    Does this mean that Hinduism is a religion without God?

    Many Hindus believe in God, but not all in the same God: For some it is Vishnu, for others Shiva, for others again it is rather the Goddess. Some of the more important Hindu philosophers are atheists, arguing that no sacred religious text such as the Veda could be the word of God, since authorship, even divine authorship, implies the logical possibility of error.
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    Aug 05, 2014 6:19 AM GMT
    All religious texts speak of miracles performed by their god(s).

    All miracles performed are events that fall within the laws of probability, meaning they have happened before even without divine intervention.

    Exhibit A: Family prays for someone to be cured of cancer. Months later that person no longer shows signs of cancer.

    Exhibit B: Person has cancer. Nobody prays. Months later that person shows no signs of cancer.

    When an amputee is miraculously healed (spontaneously regenerated limb) then I'll believe in a god. Until then, I'll continue to believe that the 6 texts in the bible which states you can have anything you ask for in prayer if you believe, are lies.