Friday, May 22, 2009

Creationists do not actually like science, but I like Gods, or some of them anyway.

I have a great fondness for Einsteins pantheistic God. I refer to it frequently in poetry and introspective writing. Like Einstein I see it in the beauty of nature because it is the beauty of nature. It is a wonderful metaphor. Useful for both artistic and explanatory purposes. It could in a sense even be real. If you define the universe as God, and acknowledge the universe exists then, it is true.

Unlike Hindu, Kabbalah, and Suffi, practitioners I see no reason to worship this God or assign it any qualities other than being a metaphor for the universe.

I also have a great affection for the Jeffersonian "natures God" which also could be true. I have many philosophical reasons to not believe in the deistic God however it is of no real consequence. It is also a useful metaphor and excellent for the purpose of speech making and art.

I have finally started reading Dawkins God Delusion and he actually gives some excellent arguments against Deism, which make perfect sense but are ultimately unnecessary.

The Deistic Idea of an impersonal, non revealing, non interventionist God is no enemy of science and reason. In it's purest form it is nothing more than an anthropomorphic description of the "first cause".

You won't find Deists crusading against science education or trying to impose the will of God on people. A few hundred years ago Deists filled the same role as atheists do today. They were the scientists, philosophers, revolutionaries, and free thinkers of their time.

They were proportionately more numerous than atheists are today, which is probably why so many advances in government and personal freedom happened in the 18th century.

It is the theistic Gods that are the enemy of reason and science. The Catholic Church can accommodate reason because the Pope can declare anything he wants as the will of God. However even they cringe when science begins shining light in to the gaps their God hides in. As Jefferson said "Priests...dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live."

Theists, Christians in particular must oppose science. They can of course exploit the benefits derived from it, but they must lie about it, distort it, suppress it, condemn it, and in every way try to hide from the fact that it proves their God false.

A God can not claim dominion over what can be explained in its absence. As science is rapidly explaining everything that people once attributed to God. God is diminished.

Now he is little more than a shadow waving the carrot of salvation and the stick of Hell because those myths are the only powers remaining to him.

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