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Title:
The future of God : a practical approach to spirituality for our times
Author:
Chopra, Deepak, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harmony Books, [2014]

©2014.
Physical Description:
256 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? Deepak Chopra tackles these issues with eloquence and insight in this book. He proposes that God lies at the source of human awareness. Therefore, any person can find the God within that transforms everyday life. God is in trouble. The rise of the militant atheist movement spearheaded by Richard Dawkins signifies, to many, that the deity is an outmoded myth in the modern world. Deepak Chopra passionately disagrees, seeing the present moment as the perfect time for making spirituality what it really should be: reliable knowledge about higher reality. Outlining a path to God that turns unbelief into the first step of awakening, Deepak shows us that a crisis of faith is like the fire we must pass through on the way to power, truth, and love. "Faith must be saved for everyone's sake, " he writes. "From faith springs a passion for the eternal, which is even stronger than love. Many of us have lost that passion or have never known it." In any age, faith is a cry from the heart. God is the higher consciousness that responds to the cry. "By itself, faith can't deliver God, but it does something more timely: It makes God possible." For three decades, Deepak Chopra has inspired millions with his profound writing and teaching. With The Future of God, he invites us on a journey of the spirit, providing a practical path to understanding God and our own place in the universe. Now, is a moment of reinvigoration, he argues. Now is moment of renewal. Now is the future" --
Language:
English
Contents:
Why God has a future -- God is a verb, not a noun -- Path to God -- Stage 1: unbelief -- Dawkins and his delusions -- Answering militant atheism -- Proving the platypus -- Stage 2: faith -- Beyond the zero point -- Bad faith -- Wisdom agenda -- Are miracles possible? -- Stage 3: knowledge -- God without borders -- Is there a material world? -- Subtle world -- Transcendence: God appears -- Toughest question -- Epilogue: God at a glance.
ISBN:
9780307884978
Format :
Book

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From the New York Times Bestselling Author.
Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? Deepak Chopra tackles these issues with eloquence and insight in this book. He proposes that God lies at the source of human awareness. Therefore, any person can find the God within that transforms everyday life.

God is in trouble. The rise of the militant atheist movement spearheaded by Richard Dawkins signifies, to many, that the deity is an outmoded myth in the modern world. Deepak Chopra passionately disagrees, seeing the present moment as the perfect time for making spirituality what it really should be: reliable knowledge about higher reality. Outlining a path to God that turns unbelief into the first step of awakening, Deepak shows us that a crisis of faith is like the fire we must pass through on the way to power, truth, and love.

"Faith must be saved for everyone's sake," he writes. "From faith springs a passion for the eternal, which is even stronger than love. Many of us have lost that passion or have never known it." In any age, faith is a cry from the heart. God is the higher consciousness that responds to the cry. "By itself, faith can't deliver God, but it does something more timely: It makes God possible."

For three decades, Deepak Chopra has inspired millions with his profound writing and teaching. With The Future of God, he invites us on a journey of the spirit, providing a practical path to understanding God and our own place in the universe. Now, is a moment of reinvigoration, he argues. Now is moment of renewal. Now is the future.


Author Notes

Deepak Chopra was born in New Delhi, India in 1946. He was educated as a medical doctor, specializing in endocrinology, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He served as Chief of Staff at Boston Regional Medical Center, and has taught at Tufts and Boston University Medical Schools. He recognized limitations in the ways that his medical education approached treatment of individuals. Introduced to the ancient methods of Hindu healing, known as Ayurveda, by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he saw a way to add a spiritual dimension to treatment of illness. Chopra's thinking led him to develop a theory that he called Quantum Healing, which combines Western and Hindu medical practice.

In 1984, Chopra brought Ayurvedic medicine to the United States, and within a year he established the Ayurvedic Health Centre of Stress Management and Behavioral Medicine in Lancaster, Massachusetts. He is also the founding President of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and eventually founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

He has written more than 55 books including Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old; Creating Health: How to Wake Up the Body's Intelligence; Creating Affluence: The A-to-Z Steps to a Richer Life; The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams; The Shadow Effect and Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet; Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges; Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being; and The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Super Charge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life. He has won numerous awards including a Quill Award for Peace Is the Way and the grand prize at the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards for The Book of Secrets. He also writes novels including The Return of Merlin; Soulmate; and Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment.

(Bowker Author Biography) Deepak Chopra, M.D., is the best-selling author of "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind," "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success," & many other books.

(Publisher Provided) Deepak Chopra has written 26 books, which have been translated into 35 languages. He currently serves as CEO & founder of The Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California.

(Publisher Provided)


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Booklist Review

The popular and prolific spiritual writer offers an engaging discussion describing the development from unbelief to faith to knowledge. He takes Richard Dawkins' arguments for atheism as a way into his belief of knowledge that has God contained in it, but Chopra does not confine himself to a debate. Instead, he is generous with Dawkins' formulations and uses them as scaffolding for his own counteranalyses. Science is no enemy to Chopra. He offers possible ways forward in spirituality at a time when science is both explaining life forces and provoking fearfulness on the parts of those who see it as antonymous to God in writing that is balanced, explicitly evenhanded, and accessible. Readers interested in exploring spiritual living without eschewing secular knowledge will find Chopra a knowledgeable guide through a sometimes thorny path.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

"Faith is in trouble," bestselling spirituality author Chopra writes to open his newest, and one source of that trouble is "bullying behavior that seeks to crush the early shoots of personal spirituality" from prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins. Chopra therefore writes "to make spirituality credible for modern people." He says that atheists and religious fundamentalists have monopolized public discussion of spirituality and religion, but that they argue from a flawed understanding of God. For example, Dawkins's atheism "positions itself as rational but cannot explain the source of rationality," he writes. Chopra asserts that scientists, like believers, take truths on faith, but scientists are in thrall to scientific materialism and fail to see this. He recommends a shift in both scientific and human awareness that allows for materialism as well as invisible worlds, and will allow people to reach God. Chopra's first-person viewpoint and clear, colloquial language help persuade readers to entertain the possibilities he raises. He won't reach atheists, but spiritually inclined agnostics will find the ideas provocative. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Why God Has a Futurep. 7
God Is a Verb, Not a Nounp. 13
The Path to God
Stage 1 Unbeliefp. 25
Dawkins and His Delusionsp. 27
Answering Militant Atheismp. 37
Proving the Platypusp. 43
Stage 2 Faithp. 57
Beyond the Zero Pointp. 59
Bad Faithp. 83
The Wisdom Agendap. 101
Are Miracles Possible?p. 123
Stage 3 Knowledgep. 143
Cod Without Bordersp. 145
Is There a Material World?p. 161
The Subtle Worldp. 177
Transcendence: Cod Appearsp. 205
The Toughest Questionp. 223
Epilogue: God at a Glancep. 249
Acknowledgmentsp. 255

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