To further debate, I'll repost the following "revelation", received as a young man by a (now-retired) prof. of philosophy at Virginia Tech, Harlan Miller.
Harlan says that he is an atheist on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and a Gesargenplotzian on other days. IMHO he's using it as a vehicle to make people think about the grounds of knowledge... if you DOUBT the truth of Gesargenplotzianism, then on the SAME grounds you must doubt the truth of all other religions. And if you ACCEPT this revelation, then, well....
THE GESARGENPLOTZIAN GOSPEL
I. 1. In the beginning was the Great Gesargenplotz. And the Gesargenplotz
was, and it knew that it was. 2.And it came to pass, for some reason or
other, that the Great Gesargenplotz created Him. 3. And the Great
Gesargenplotz went away, but He remained. 4. And He created the heavens
and the earth, or at least this Earth and the nearby heavens. 5. He so
arranged it that on this earth there arose creatures capable of belief in
things beyond their senses -- human creatures.
II. 1. To these human creatures He revealed Himself in many ways. To
some He called Himself Allah, to others He gave His name as Zeus. To
one people He said His name was Baal, to another He presented Himself as
Yahweh. Some knew Him as Odin, others as Brahman. In many ways He
revealed Himself. 2. To almost all of the humans to whom He revealed
Himself he taught that only that revelation was the true revelation.
Many were taught by Him that any way other than their own way was wrong,
and that those who believed must fight all other ways. 3. Many duties He
laid upon the humans. He made it a duty to stamp out other beliefs, to
convert or kill those who believe in other ways. 4. Many duties He laid
upon the humans. He taught that there were many things that they must do,
and many things that they must not do. 5. Many of the things that He
taught must be done were things that brought pain and unhappiness to the
humans. Many of the things that He taught must not be done were things
which would have brought pleasure to the humans. 6. Then He looked upon
the Earth and saw it filled with humans who because of His deception
hated one another and were much less happy than they might have been.
And it pleased Him, because His heart was hard.
III. 1. What pleased Him most was that He had revealed to many of these
creatures an entirely false belief, a belief that if they behaved
according to the rules He had given they would survive death and live on
in some way. 2. Not all of the humans were told this story, for He
wanted this to be one of the things about which the humans contended.
And He loved contention greatly, because His heart was hard. 3. Those
humans who believed His story of life after death thus came to believe
that they, though animals, were not animals. Many lived their lives and
died in this vain belief. Many made themselves and others miserable
because of this belief. And this pleased Him greatly, for His heart was
IV. 1. Lo, in 1962 the Great Gesargenplotz came back, and it saw what
He had done. And the Great Gesargenplotz was wroth, and it spoke unto
Him saying "Why have you done this? Why have you created these
creatures just to torment them?" 2. And He answered, saying "I have
done so because it amuses me, Great Gesargenplotz. Of what matter is
their pain and disappointment? They are not gods as you and I, they
exist only for my amusement." 3. The Great Gesargenplotz, hearing His
answer, knew that His heart was hard. The Great Gesargenplotz repented
it that it had made Him. 4. The Great Gesargenplotz ate Him and He was
V. 1. The Great Gesargenplotz knew that the evil He had done did not
perish with Him, that the evil He had done was caused not so much by
His revelations as by what the humans believed. 2. As long as the
humans continued to believe the false stories He had told them, their
torments would continue. 3. So the Great Gesargenplotz decided that it
would reveal itself to the humans. 4. It came to pass that the Great
Gesargenplotz turned its attention upon a part of the Pacific Ocean,
and there were few humans there. 5. There was a ship upon the Ocean,
and there were many men upon the ship. It was night and but few of
those men were awake. 6. And it came to pass that the Great
Gesargenplotz revealed itself to one of those who were awake. In this
way was the Chosen One chosen. And Harlan was the Chosen One.
VI. 1. The Great Gesargenplotz revealed itself to the Chosen One and
told him these things here written. 2. The Chosen One was filled with
awe and fear, for never before had anything been revealed unto him.
3. After a moment the Chosen One spoke to the Great Gesargenplotz,
saying "How then, O Lord, shall we worship you?" 4. And the Great
Gesargenplotz answered the Chosen One, saying "That stupid question
shows that you have missed the whole point! You are to worship no god.
You are on your own." 5. And when it had said these things, the Great
Gesargenplotz went away. AMEN.
(thus endeth the revelation.)