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  • 09/2021
  • 9782970149613 B09GNCW3R4
  • 540 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2021
  • 9782970149606 2970149605
  • 326 pages
  • $14.99
God and Humanity
What is the meaning of freedom in religion and in science? Who experiences the divine in the world, and why? Who is God and how does He reveal Himself in the history of humankind? How are we to understand holiness, faith, and the purpose of life? Why is there suffering in the world, and how will our trust in God lead us to the Tree of Life in the garden of Eden? The philosophical and religious edifice presented here is founded on the idea of human freedom. We will discover a personal God ruling the world and with whom humanity has a relationship of love and awe. The splendor of the human prophetic soul will be shown, and our place in the grand scheme of things explained. The truth of our freedom will be demonstrated by well-documented scientific findings in the fields of behavioral neurosciences, medical imaging, cognitive psychology, and psychotherapy.
Reviews
In this ambitious debut, Lavi strives to demonstrate that God exists and that human freedom can only come from that God, who has taken an active role throughout human history. While Lavi’s preface and some of his arguments draw on the Bible or the thinking of Maimonides or Rabbi Abraham Heschel, most of God and Humanity is powered by his own classical reasoning, as Lavi establishes and develops clear premises and hypotheses (“Matter is Divine Clay” or “God created and designed the natural world to reveal the extent of His sovereignty”), working through each claim to his satisfaction, not just showing his work but guiding the reader through.

The result is a challenging but engaging treatise preoccupied with issues of divinity, holy sovereignty, and a covenantal relationship between God and humanity. These topics, for Lavi, are intimately bound: “It is therefore by investigating both the structural origin and aspiration of human consciousness that we may come close to perceiving the existence of a personal God,” Lavi writes, with personal referring to his contention that “God has a relationship with a being according to the unique nature of that being.” From that he concludes that our very capacity to experience awe at the sublime or divine is itself evidence that “our spiritual soul is divine in itself, for that is the entity that directly interacts with or perceives the divine.”

Despite the complexity and thoroughness of Lavi’s nested arguments, a sense of the ecstatic—a sense of the author reveling in the glory of God--pulses throughout the book, even in appendices dedicated to further examining the nature of freedom and consciousness or the relationship between law and holiness. Lavi employs reason to apprehend God, reason that, as the author argues, has the power to “reveal the beauty and goodness of God’s glory.” Believers eager for a heady, philosophical faith, stripped of all cant, will find much here to contemplate.

Takeaway: This impassioned treatise aims to prove God’s existence and humanity's sovereignty through the power of inspired reason.

Great for fans of: Lawrence Keleman’s Permission To Believe: Four Rational Approaches to God's Existence, Brian Davies’s The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil.

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Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 09/2021
  • 9782970149613 B09GNCW3R4
  • 540 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2021
  • 9782970149606 2970149605
  • 326 pages
  • $14.99

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