Over My Dead Body: Some Grave Questions for God

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Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 216 pages
In this compelling autobiographical account of life and death, Rabbi David Forman takes the reader on an intensely challenging journey of self-discovery. Dramatic and comedic, intellectual andemotional, this powerful book addresses primary concerns about God that all of us ponder.Is God a figment of our imagination? Does God have a split-personality? Does God know our thoughts? Is there Divine retribution? Is God dead? Does everyone believe in the same God?

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Contents

What is the Relationship Between Guilt and Responsibility?
105
Does God Know Our Thoughts?
116
How Do We Distinguish between Right and Wrong?
120
What Does It Mean to Blame God or Thank God?
129
Is There Such a Concept as a Divine Spark and if so are We All Created Equal?
133
Is Atheism a Viable WorldView?
140
Is God Dead?
148
Are We All Basically Agnostics?
153

What are Gods Powers?
51
Does God Possess Healing Powers?
55
Can Anyone Communicate with God?
58
Do We Need an Intermediary to Talk to God?
61
Why Pray to God?
64
Does God Need So Much Praise?
69
Is There Divine Retribution Reward and Punishment?
72
Does God Grant Free Will?
76
Can Philosophy Settle the Conflict between Free Will and Determinism?
79
Are We Gods Puppets?
85
If Sin Exists Original or Otherwise What is the Process of Atonement?
94
Evolution and Creation Why the Conflict?
157
Is Materialism Our New God?
165
Are There Other Gods Political Ideologies Flag Anthem and Country?
170
Does God Have a Special Relationship with the Jewish People and the Land of Israel?
174
Is God a Zionist?
178
Can Empiricism Prove Gods Existence?
182
Is God in the Details?
186
Can God Perform Miracles?
197
Is There an Afterlife Heaven and Hell a Soul?
201
The End of the Beginning
211
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Page 38 - I WILL sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously : The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Page 38 - I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea. 2 The LORD is my strength and my might," and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Page 26 - You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth.

About the author (2005)

Rabbi David Forman is the former director of educational programs in Israel of the Union for Reform Judaism; author of best selling books: 50 Ways to be Jewish (2002, Gefen); Jewish Schizophrenia in the Land of Israel (2000, Gefen) and Israel on Broadway, America: Off-Broadway Jews in the New Millennium (1998, Gefen).

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