Wednesday, September 06, 2006

What Is God?

I welcome any and all to describe what you mean by the word "god" when you utter it in a sentence. This goes for atheists and theists alike. If there have been multiple definitions in your life, recite each and every one, and why they changed for you. Please be clear and concise with the terms you use to avoid confusion.


Blogger SH said...

For me word "god" doesn't mean anything anymore. I think I understand or I try to understand what others mean by it, but at close examination it turns out to be either absurd or tautology. So the ideas range from some spirit type of entity either living inside things or wandering around, to personal god that is somewhere in the sky, to god is the nature or the Universe, to god is energy or some such idea. I once argued at length with someone claiming that god is randomness. Never mind the fact that randomness is not a thing or a state of things but a state of our understanding of things. To say that god is our inability to find patterns in a complexity of the world a little strange, but apparently some people really believe such things...

06 September, 2006 23:21  
Blogger Delta said...

When I was a christian the word god didn't have a very clear meaning. God was basically whatever made me feel better at the time.

Now, I don't really use the word god all that much I think. When criticizing religion, I am generally referring to the god of the religious, as undefined as that may be.

07 September, 2006 01:42  
Blogger Mookie said...

Someone told me god was what you couldn't know. It was mystery and always beyond the bounds of understanding.

07 September, 2006 02:11  
Blogger Drunken Tune said...

To me, it's an empty word, just as 'spirit', 'soul', 'heaven' or any other magical idea is. I can, just as others do, infuse it with meaning according to what I think 'god' is, but the word is as meaningless to me as the Super Squid that lives in my shower. When I use the word 'god' in conversation, I do so after understanding the person I am speaking with and their own beliefs. I don't use the word god when I'm alone, other than to refer to the evil demon that resides in the minds of millions of morally and intellectually stunted individuals.

25 September, 2006 21:06  

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