11/10/2009

A little more on the nature of God

Filed under: — Bravus @ 10:05 pm

I was also thinking today that the model of ‘God’ I described here could potential deal with the atheist self-description of ‘believer in one fewer gods’1 if I add the additional feature that every human-described god throughout history is a human projection onto the ‘screen’ of that infinite God. In other words, this is not one god among many gods, this is the Platonic ideal of Godhood, of which all other gods are mere reflections on the cave wall.

This is by way of being a mental exercise rather than a serious claim.

  1. That is, many atheists say “Well, I believe in zero gods, you believe in one, out of the hundreds or thousands named in all human cultures across all of history. You are an atheist of all the others except the one you believe in: I simply believe in one fewer gods than you.”

3 responses to “A little more on the nature of God”

  1. Mark says:

    I think that monotheism is the egregious belief system. In both atheism and polytheism there is no guiding principle through the whole universe.

    The western atheists have inherited much of the christian world view that the universe is guided by inform principles, but both the atheist and the polytheist think that confusion is the natural state of things, whereas monotheists see design as fundamental.

  2. Bravus says:

    I’m not sure ‘egregious’ (Dictionary.com defines it as ‘extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant’) is quite what you meant to say. 😉

  3. Doctor Crankenstein says:

    “is a human projection onto the ’screen’ of that infinite God.” – Anthropomorphic personification?

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