The “God of the philosophers” is the God of metaphysical speculation, traditionally associated with Aristotle and his Metaphysics. In modern times, it would probably be associated with big names in Transpersonal Psychology such as Stanislav Grof and Ken Wilber or advocates of The Perennial Philosophy such as René Guenon, Huston Smith and Aldous Huxley (who wrote a popular book of that name), not to mention theologians of all persuasions trained in the Analytical philosophical tradition and others.
Nothing wrong with all that. But there is, as there has always been, a “living God” of wild power and might, of the numinous, the uncanny and the weird, alongside the polite, rational, moral God of the lecture theatre, pulpit and drawing-room. Jesus may have been alluding to this God when he said, “he is not a God of the dead, but of the living” (Luke 20:38)
In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as “son of God”, “son of Man” and “son of David”. In Luke’s gospel, his genealogy is redacted all the way back from his “biological” father Joseph via King David to “our first father” Adam, concluding the long list with: “the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” (Luke 3:38)
The “living God” is not just the first name in a family history, however, spiritual father of the first human, Adam. As “the son of Joseph … the son of Adam, the son of God”, through descent, Jesus is “the son of Man”. But through direct contact with the Divine Source in the here and now, “eternally begotten of the Father”, Jesus is “the son of God” directly, without intermediary. There is a horizontal connection in time and space and there is a vertical connection beyond time and space.
Jesus was plugged directly into the Source, but also into a particular history of “the living God”, that of the Jewish people as recounted in the Old Testament:
The living God of All Creation;
The living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob;
The living God of Moses and Aaron;
The living God of David, Solomon and the Kings of Israel and Judah;
The living God of Elijah, Elisha and the Prophets.
Christianity is of course built on the living God of Jesus Christ, understood as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which in essence is the same living God that walked with Adam in the garden.
Psychedelic Christianity is also grafted onto the same vine, connected by a million threads of mycelium to the same living God, the living God of the Mushroom Christ.