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In this paper, a rational God is defined as being constructed with two components: a mode of reason, and a certain exoteric religion. Firstly, with regard to the former, within the confines of reason or the intellect, there are several intellectual or rational or more broadly speaking plenty of rational modes or ways, including when it comes to familiarizing oneself with God. This involves idea, concept, grasping, state of mind, phenomena, and other modes where the mind consciously and intellectually discerns. This thesis will primarily address God through the rational mode of conception, or concept. Note that this selection amongst modes of reason is completely arbitrary. Secondly, with regard to the latter, within the confines of religious traditions, there is even more diversity than there is regarding modes of reason, again including and this time especially when it comes to familiarizing oneself with God. But for the definition of exoteric itself, it more so has to do with the beliefs and practices, the rituals and the stories—the culture, so to speak—of a certain religion, such that without the specifically religious culture the religion would lack an exoteric component and would not technically be a religion. For the purposes of this thesis, a Judeo-Christian God has been selected as the religious lens through which an examination will be conducted. This selection is not arbitrary at all: such a religious lens when it comes to God has an outstanding prominence in the world. Therefore, with regard to the means of reason, God’s familiarization via a Judeo-Christian concept of God will be addressed.
Leisner, Joshua Steen, "Familiarization" (2016). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 116.