3 Theories of Everything

3 Theories of Everything - Ellis Potter 3 Theories of Everything by Ellis Potter is a book on the three main theories designed to explain why there is evil in the world, how the evil can be fixed, and our role in the universe. These theories are Monism, Dualism, and Trinitarianism. Monism is the belief that all is one and that diversity is an evil illusion. At first this seems rather pleasant. If you are one with everything and everything is one with you, then nothing is really evil. However, as you look deeper in, it appears less attractive. If everything is one and the illusion of diversity is evil, then all relationships, even love, are evil because they emphasize diversity. Dualism is the belief portrayed in the movie ‘Star Wars’, that good and evil are equal and opposite forces which must be kept in balance. However, if these two forces are equal opposites, then if something good happens in the world, then something evil must happen to keep all things in balance. Also, if everything is to be perfect, then everything must remain the same, immobile. If anything moves or changes, then the perfection is no longer perfect. Everything, being immobile, is a unity. Thus, Dualism is simply a variant of Monism. Trinitarianism is the belief that there is one Almighty God, and that this God is somehow both three Persons and one God, the “Trinity”, hence the name “Trinitarianism”. This belief says that the cause of all evil in the world is not due to diversity, because God, who is wholly good, created the universe with diversity. Rather, there is evil in the world because man rebelled against God and fell. Through this fall evil and death came into the world. Man, being fallen, cannot redeem himself. Therefore, God must somehow intervene in order for fallen man to be redeemed. The way that He did this is that He sent His Son, the second of the three persons of the Trinity, to earth in the body of a man. There, the Son died to atone for the sins of the world. There is also a section in the back of the book devoted to 45 questions which Mr. Potter thought it would be useful to include. In one of these questions, Mr. Potter is asked whether Christianity is a religion. He answers that it is not, because a religions is a system of connecting to the supernatural and Christianity is neither a system nor about the supernatural. I had a question about this, and here it is along with his answer:I asked:Why do you define Christianity as not a religion (on pages 88-89)? What is your definition of religion?  Do you mean that Christianity includes religious elements, but is more than religion?  Or do you mean that it is something else altogether?Mr. Potter replied: "Religions" in the sense of tradition, ceremonies, etc. tend to have strong cultural aspects to them.  Christianity is the universal Truth and should not be strongly connected (limited) to one cultural tradition or another.  I think it is a big problem that most people think Christianity isa "Western Religion".  That means some people in the West think they are Christians because they are Western and some people in the East think Christianity is not for them because they are not Western.This review is the sole property of its author. It may not be quoted or used in any way without the author's prior written permission.