27th January 2008

“Belief in God only ever had three intellectually useful purposes: As a justification for morality, an account of the origins of the universe, and an explanation for the organized complexity of life on Earth.”

Andrew Potter

5 Responses to “27th January 2008”

  1. Thunder Says:

    * an account of the origins of the universe *

    Two chapters to those who couldn`t conceive of the enormity? This is where the two opposing camps agree and where they both are equally wrong. There is NO way those two chapters should be thought to intend to relate an indepth account. Too many times in scripture does God relate the inconceivability of his perspective to his then current audience.

    * an explanation for the organized complexity of life on Earth. *

    Same argument. That can`t be true. It was never meant to do that.

  2. GJK Says:

    “It was never meant to do that.”

    So what was it intended to do?

  3. Thunder Says:

    * So what was it intended to do? *

    Asked and answered. It (scripture) reads like an itinerary of God. It doesn`t address the mechanism utilized. It only relates one of the many mechanisms (Gods authority). Scripture is a map (biography). As for reason for belief….. why believe anything????? That varies with focus (motivation: interest). Even the justification aspect seems a little out of kilter. Do people instinctively want to be right (moral)? I think people instinctively want to be fed (and will do anything to attain that goal). Belief in God is a bulwark against overindulgence.

  4. Ctitic Says:

    Belief in god is a bulwark against intelligent thought.

  5. Thunder Says:

    * Belief in god is a bulwark against intelligent thought. *

    I`ve looked real hard and I have not seen anyone on here that I am intimidated by intellectually.