Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
~ Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 ~

Thursday, December 3, 2015

What is God?

Or perhaps we should ask, "What is a god?"

Does anyone know?

In my experience, the various Christian and Christadelphian ideas of "God" could fit any/all of the following definitions:

  • A place-holder for things we don't (yet) understand.
  • Another word for "magic".
  • An external projection of a person's ideal self (see this scientific study).
  • An anthropomorphism of the laws of nature.
  • A mental crutch for people who feel vulnerable and look for strength outside themselves rather than looking within. Ironically, the strength still comes from within, but indirectly via a powerful illusion. An inner parent vs child metaphor works equally well.
  • A comfortable catch-all for people who don't like uncertainty.
  • The answer to end all questions.
Did I miss any?