On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume:

That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:

The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

The above shows up in a couple other places around A|N, including this group, but I thought it deserved a replay for some of the very points Joan's citation expresses:

  • God has emotions? If so, then god has WEAKNESSES, and if god has weaknesses, then he/she/it is NOT omnipotent!
  • If god can be "swayed by their prayers," then how well thought out was his/her/its master plan for this reality, especially considering the content of some of those prayers?
  • If god needs / demands "the saccharine adoration of His creatures," then he is PETTY, a trait shared by LOTS of other gods that have been invented over the years and not an admirable one.

Such a god is far less god than it is just an enhanced human, vulnerable to the same kinds of crap that we are and about as worthy of worship as a hole in the head.

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"Why do we struggle to trust him when" there are other options that work more effectively, reliably, efficiently, and have evidence to demonstrate the validity of my claim?

I'd much rather try to do something myself.

Further thought: what kind of god needs the boot-licking and obsequious attentions associated with worship?  That'd be all we'd need: a god with an inferiority complex!




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