1. Subscribersonhouse
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    12 Feb '16 17:34
    Go on, you can tell us.....
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    12 Feb '16 17:39
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Go on, you can tell us.....
    God is the creator of all mankind, and everything in existence.

    Believers and unbelievers alike.
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    12 Feb '16 18:12
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Go on, you can tell us.....
    The "cloud".
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    12 Feb '16 18:27
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Go on, you can tell us.....
    The worst meme ever.
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    A comfort blanket for idiots.
  6. Standard memberDeepThought
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    Judging by some of the posts in this forum, an excuse for sanctimony.
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    Reveal Hidden Content
    [Speaking as the thread suggests for myself and without claiming my views as anything other than my own personal views with no claim to speak for anyone else]


    'Unbelievers' is such a clunky [and indeed pejorative term]... 'Atheists' will do. Reveal Hidden Content
    [capitalised only at the start of a sentence]


    What is god to you?
    'God' is a nebulous and ill-defined concept that has many meanings to different people in different contexts.
    I view 'god' as a label for a purportedly very powerful and often immortal supernatural* being that may variously;
    Be a/the creator of the entire universe or some subsection of it,
    Often be claimed as the ruler of same,
    Be the anthropomorphic representation and intelligent controller of one, some, or all the natural forces/processes in the world**,
    And/Or the embodiment of some artificial distinction to reality created by our mental categorisation of reality***,
    Be the gatekeeper to an afterlife or afterlives,
    Be the focus of worship of some or all members of a religion or religions and such worship may or may not be required by that
    god or gods. Reveal Hidden Content
    [this list is indicative but not exhaustive of the proposed properties of gods]


    In reality there are no known existent entities that can act as an applicable referent for such a being and as such all
    god concepts are [and must be considered to be] fictional and non-existent. And indeed many gods do indeed exist
    in fiction and all gods claimed to be real have similar or lesser levels of veracity.

    Throughout most of history and most cultures people have believed in the existence of multiple co-existing deities in a pantheon
    where different gods have reflected different aspects of reality and had different roles, responsibilities, and personalities.
    Only relatively recently has monotheism with a focus on only one god [often claimed to be the only god] become popular
    helped largely by it's success in being coupled with the most powerful civilisations of the time.
    These monotheistic singular gods try to combine the attributes of many/all of the polytheistic gods into one which results in
    a less coherent and more logically implausible being. Making such monotheistic religions inherently less plausible and
    intellectually satisfying as well as increasing scope for conflict as such religions cannot accept the possibility of other gods
    as polytheistic religions can.
    Whereas a good god or gods could exist in a pantheon but be unable to stop all evil because of the existence of bad gods
    working against them, a monotheistic god has no such limitations and by extension of the 'problem of evil' can only possibly
    be evil by any objective moral standard. As such all monotheistic religions promote an evil god at their core and contain
    beliefs that are immoral in part or in total.

    I hold that all such beliefs in the existence of evidently non-existent beings to both irrational and harmful to both those
    who hold such beliefs and to society as a whole. Impeding moral, philosophical, and scientific/technological growth and progress.
    And that the methods of forming and maintaining/justifying such beliefs are inherently and by definition opposed to and
    antagonistic towards the methods of belief formation and justification of science and rationality.



    *Using Richard Carriers definition of 'Supernatural'.

    **E.G. Thor, god of thunder and lightning [as well as war], Ra, god of the sun, etc.

    ***E.G. Hades, god of death and the underworld. Death being an emergent phenomena that we as living beings care about
    but doesn't represent some fundamental or isolatable physical process or 'force of nature'.
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    13 Feb '16 04:401 edit
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    Judging by some of the posts in this forum, an excuse for sanctimony.
    As of your post there are only four posts you must be referring to. Three of which seem to denounce God as merely the figment of the imagination.

    Aside from the other three posts, how is my declaration that God is the creator sanctimonious? After all, I'm not the author of such a claim, but merely one who believes in it. Assuming you are referring to me, how am I being sanctimonious by simply stating what I believe to be true?

    Aside from that, how is leveling the charge of sanctimony facilitate a discussion about "what is God to you"?

    Reveal Hidden Content
    It appears that the rest of my post was deleted based on it's inappropriateness. Essentially I had said that it would be good if we could get beyond the bs word play, and that I think you are admittedly better educated, and I wouldn't stand a chance debating with you.
  9. Standard membervivify
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    God is what my wife screams out during sex, right after "oh".
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    13 Feb '16 06:39
    Originally posted by josephw
    As of your post there are only four posts you must be referring to. Three of which seem to denounce God as merely the figment of the imagination.
    You misunderstood him. He was not referring exclusively to posts in this thread, but rather posts in this forum. I rather doubt that any post in this thread triggered his response.
  11. Subscribersonhouse
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    13 Feb '16 21:23
    Originally posted by josephw
    As of your post there are only four posts you must be referring to. Three of which seem to denounce God as merely the figment of the imagination.

    Aside from the other three posts, how is my declaration that God is the creator sanctimonious? After all, I'm not the author of such a claim, but merely one who believes in it. Assuming you are referring to me, ...[text shortened]... nk you are admittedly better educated, and I wouldn't stand a chance debating with you.[/hidden]
    That is the whole point. "God" IS a figment of the imagination.

    It doesn't take anything more than looking at the 100 million killed in WW2 to see this alleged god cares less about the lives of people. We are on our own and the sooner we figure that out as a species, the more likely we will be to survive the next few thousand years.
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    13 Feb '16 21:43
    Originally posted by vivify
    God is what my wife screams out during sex, right after "oh".
    I asked my wife to be more vocal during sex and tell me when she was coming.


    She said there wasn't always a phone handy .... šŸ˜ž
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    An illusionšŸ˜µ
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    15 Feb '16 17:512 edits
    Originally posted by black beetle
    An illusionšŸ˜µ
    Yep, that is the bottom line. But in modern religion "modern' meaning anything in the last 5000 years or so, they are all scams, 100% made up by men, mostly men, I would say 99% male dominated since that is what the effect is in any of the Abrahamic religions, where it is oh so co-incidental that men are just accidentally in charge of almost everything including what happens to a woman's body.

    How CONVENIENT, for men anyway.

    It's no coincidence that these alleged god's ALWAYS takes the form of some kind of male and these alleged god's just coincidentally happen to have human attributes.

    Wow, how convenient. SO convincing.

    Like 'my god is a jealous god'. What a ripoff. RIGHT. Like a frigging GOD capable of waving its rhetorical fingers and a whole universe is born. SURE, it could happen, a being that powerful actually JEALOUS of humans?

    What a laugh.
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