The Knowledge of Good and Evil

The Book in Brief:
Summary of Chapter Themes

Introduction - sets the book's objectives: thinking about infinite goodness, explaining the solution to the problem of good and evil, understanding spiritual structure underlying the world's religions, and attaining the consumation of wholeness.

Spirituality and Infinity - provides working definitions of spiritually minded and infinitely minded, provides a definition of infinity, introduces the concept of transfinites, and talks about some unique aspects of thinking about infinite ideas.

In the Beginning - sets the reader off towards a goal, begins the spiritual mountain climb, addresses the reader's relationship to the infinite "I".

Seeds and Soil - talks about the dual nature of problem solving as conception and elimination, develops the seeds and soil metaphor, and looks at the use of pure infinite goodness as a seed for thought.

Levels of Spiritual Action - describes the spiritual action steps of obedience, belief, understanding, and knowledge, to be used as a structural theme for the steps of spiritual progress and patterns in the world's religions.

Thinking About Pure Goodness - introduces the value of thinking, pondering, and meditating on good words, and the special challenge of letting them be infinite.

The Idea of Infinite Goodness - illustrates thinking using pure infinite goodness as a principle, employs this for practice in expanding thought about pure goodness, and as a preliminary to addressing the question of evil.

What About Evil? - addresses a sequence of explanations for the origin of evil and shows how these are unraveled through the progressive light of spiritual analysis.

The Dawn - illustrates a final level of human belief where spiritual goodness is unopposed and evil is experienced only as limitation, as the mere absence of good.

Infinitely Definiting Evil - goes beyond the human dimension to consider the meaning of infinite negatives, like being infinitely uncertain, which becomes negative certainty, a kind of knowing, a certainty about what is not.

Male and Female - looks at the sweetness of the paradoxical negative and how the infinite negative eliminates untoward elements and provides place and time for conception.

Wholeness - discusses how being and not-being define the content and form of reality, how these fit together in wholeness, and how the infinite I am and the infinite I am not are inherent in the infinite I.

Compounding - looks at a hypothetical model to characterize apparent evil on the human scene.

Nonsense - tells how successful thinking about infinity requires the appreciation of a nonsense aspect that appears between the infinite and human.

Signs of Progress - provides insight into the seasons of spiritual progress, to encourage balance, better interpret troubling turns, and counteract discouragement.

Conclusion - summarizes how infinite identity includes the integrated infinite opposites that comprise wholeness, and how to use this seemingly abstract sense of identity as the starting point for applying the four levels of spiritual action in working out our spiritual progress.

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