Posts tagged What is God

Making sense of suffering

How does one make sense of large scale suffering, like that of global disasters, Auschwitz, or even cyclical poverty? Is that God's not-so-fine handiwork? This TED Talk by Rev. Tom Honey, introduces a different idea about God that is well-known in intellectual theological circles, but not so well known outside of this. Rev. Honey challenges the traditional conception of God as a "male boss"... a "celestial controller, a rule maker, a policeman in the sky who orders everything, and causes everything Read more [...]

What is Fundamentalism?

The word "Fundamentalism" might make you think of people with unwavering beliefs who refuse to consider alternative views. You could be thinking of people committed to a political ideology on the far left or far right, or maybe a form of religious fundamentalism. The word is often used interchangeably with "Extremism", which may make you think of suicide bombers, hate crimes against gays, sexual discrimination against women—anyone who use a "Holy Scripture" to justify violence. Yet you might Read more [...]

Panentheism: Reframing the God debate

Rather than debating "Is there are God?" shouldn't it first be clarified "what exactly one is referring to by this word "God"? Can Panentheism provide a new slant on the God debate between New Atheists and Fundamentalist Christians? I am having a mini thesis crisis - overwhelmed by wanting to say too much on too many things, referring to too many theorists, so I thought I'd share part of it with you and see if that helps. Some of the questions I ask myself: Does "God" need to be understood Read more [...]

Are the laws of science and “God” the same thing?

''Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist... The question is: is the way the universe began chosen by God for reasons we can't understand, or was it determined by a law of science?'' that you could meet, and ask questions.'' [1] he [Hawkings] said. ''I believe the second. If you like, you can call the laws of science 'God', Read more [...]

Richard Dawkins and WHAT is God?

Interesting interview on SBS with Richard Dawkins last night. Stream it at this address: I left this comment and thought I'd share it with you: There is a God VS there is no God.. haven't we forgotten to define WHAT is it we refer to as "GOD"??? I was a fundamentalist Christian for 20 years but now having rejected it I am getting closer to "God". In evolution I see "God". In intuition I hear "God". Read more [...]