By Milton Scarborough
It is a standard that whereas Asia is nondualistic, the West, as a result of its uncritical reliance on Greek-derived highbrow criteria, is dualistic. Dualism is a deep-seated behavior of considering and performing in all spheres of existence during the prism of binary opposites results in paralyzing sensible and theoretical problems. Asia gives you no assistance for the foreseeable destiny as the West reveals Asian nondualism, specially that of Mahayana Buddhism, too alien and nihilistic. nevertheless, postmodern proposal, which purports to convey us from the dualisms embedded in modernity, seems to be in basic terms a pseudo-postmodernism. This book's novel thought is that the West already includes inside of one among its extra marginalized roots, that of historical Hebrew tradition, a pre-philosophical type of nondualism which makes attainable a brand new type of nondualism, one to which the West can subscribe. This new nondualism, encouraged via Buddhism yet no longer just like it, is an epistemological, ontological, metaphysical, and praxical center approach either for the West and likewise among East and West.
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Indeed, Patrick Miller, Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Seminary, agreed with my suggestion that, so far as the Bible is concerned, God’s dwelling place is more like another room of the same house than like another world. 5 Recall from the discussion of Buddhist nonduality in Chapter 1 that by placing “non” in front of a term, one disavows a dualism named by that term and its opposite. Applied here, it means that “non-heaven”—or, for that matter, “non-earth”—is a rejection of any dualism of heaven and earth.
Forthtelling is appropriate for a worldview in which the future is yet indeterminate in the present. The foreteller believes that God’s will and the future are best discerned by an inner communication with God. The forthteller believes that God’s will and a conditional future are best discerned in present historical events. Hence forthtellers often describe in great detail current human behavior and the ways in which it stands in violation of covenantal requirements. A more secularized account might say that conditional future consequences were extrapolated from a knowledge of current trends.
By the second century BCE, however, the essentialist concept ‘being’ was applied to the biblical God, most significantly, in the story of Moses at the Burning Bush (Exodus 3). In that passage, the Septuagint, which dates from the second century BCE, translated the Tetragrammaton (the four Hebrew consonants indicating God’s name) as ó vn (“he who is”), while the Book of Wisdom, written by an Alexandrian Jew in the first century BCE, read it as ton onta (“him who is”). Both interpretative translations define God in Parmenidean terms as a permanent, unchanging being.