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There are many scholarly approaches to the subject of Divine Personhood which can be referenced; this is not one of those. The underlying purpose of this website is to proclaim the reality and necessity of Divine Personhood in its different aspects as they have occurred to me through many years of study and writing. The posts on this site, however, are not limited to this subject. Writings on various personal, social, and spiritual topics appear. I hope that these will engage the reader and, most important, to inspire further thought on the subjects they touch.
I would submit several principal arguments to you regarding Divine Personhood:
1. Genesis 1:26 “let us make man in our image”, rings true to me. Human life, the “crown of creation”, appears as the image of God in the creation process. As such, we have the capacity to identify with and relate to the Divine Person, as does the Divine Person to us.
2. The argument for structure, as opposed to randomness, as the scheme of creation, can be demonstrated in scientific study as well as philosophy. This is evidenced by the physical and biological structures of life. Recently, it has been noted, scientists, especially those in the biological sciences, have become increasingly preoccupied with patterns.
3. In terms of personal need, the necessity for grace must come from someone and not something. The force of karma is impersonal and arbitrary, and can only be overcome by grace from the Divine Person. This is reflected in the traditions of Hindu, Christian, and later Buddhist thought.
4. There is a recurring history of the Divine attempting to break through in a succession of personages and religious traditions. In addition to direct revelation, this is supported by an extensive mythology of gods and goddesses expressive of the Divine Idea. As with the function of mythology, this is reflective of a deeper underlying truth.
5. An extensive record of post-resurrection appearances of Jesus to both Christians and non-Christians has occurred from ancient times and continues to the present day.
6. The well-established tradition of devotion, or bhakti, exists in many traditions as an effective and personal approach to the Divine. This is a primary aspect of the approach to Divine Personhood.
Love and greetings to all. I have established this website to record and share studies and reflections made during my life with those who may have an interest. The main Idea presented here is that of the Divine Person, God, which underlies and permeates Being and is therefore prior to it. Other writings will appear here as well, either related or unrelated to the main Idea. For me (and, hopefully for you) this is better than chasing around through multiple websites. Among the other ideas you will find:
- Philosophy, including political philosophy and reflections on current events and trends
- Bible study
- Judeo-Christian references
- Sanskrit references from the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and other scriptures. The philosophies contained therein which form the root and source of much to follow.
- Links to full-length works available in separate files which may be requested through this site
From an early age I have been fascinated by the wondrous process of consciousness, that precious act of awareness From this many studies and writings have proceeded, and during this time my thinking has followed different pathways and has evolved. These writings will appear as they are made ready. They are in several forms, much like the kaleidoscopic forms of life itself, yet generated from and ultimately achieving a unity. But of what does this unity consist? It has been jokingly said that all religious systems end in either zero or one, but this is actually a serious proposition. Is it the Void, or is there more? I have cast my lot with those who maintain that the Source, the Goal, of Being is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And, furthermore, we ourselves are reflections of God’s image and thus share in the reality of Divine Personhood, thus the name of this site. This has been attested to by currents of thought running through Christianity, Hinduism, Shin Buddhism and other traditions. It is and must be universal, for to be true, something must be universally true. There is and can only be one Reality, and though our views may differ, this is from no lack of clarity or defect but to the limitations of our ability to perceive it in this bodily mode. Nevertheless, we struggle and seek to experience and learn. In response to this I can only yield to the One in whom I live and move and have my being. Thanks be to God.
Tom D. Lawson