“There’s a word being used here this evening that I don’t understand.”
He said, “What’s the word?”
I said, “God.”
“You don’t understand what God means?” he replied.
I said, “I don’t know what you mean by God. You’ve told us that God has hidden his face, that we are in exile. I’ve just come from India, where people are experiencing God all the time.”
And do you know what (Martin) Buber said? “Do you mean to compare?”
There you have revealed two sides of looking at the idea of God.
There’s a word being used here this evening
-- Joseph Campbell
Thou Art That (pg. 60)
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"Thou Art That is a compilation of previously uncollected essays and lectures by Joseph Campbell that focus on the Judeo-Christian tradition. Here Campbell explores common religious symbols, reexamining and reinterpreting them in the context of his remarkable knowledge of world mythology. According to Campbell, society often confuses the literal and metaphorical interpretations of religious stories and symbols. In this collection, he eloquently reestablishes these metaphors as a means to enhance spiritual understanding and mystical revelation. With characteristic verve, he ranges from rich storytelling to insightful comparative scholarship. Included is editor Eugene Kennedy's classic interview with Campbell in The New York Times Magazine, which brought the scholar to the public's attention for the first time.