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Whither God?

November 23, 2009

Every once in a while I run across people who make fun of the idea of god, saying something along the lines of

There’s two things I know about god – he’s mean, bigoted, ill tempered, quick to judge and generally ornery. And he has terrible aim.

This sort of objection seems to me to be completely backwards.

One of the fundamental questions people in any society have to answer is: why does ethics work? Why is it that people who behave ethically are in fact more prosperous, have better lives and are more successful than those who don’t?

Nowadays, we have game theory, which seems to do a pretty good job of explaining things, but before the 1940’s people did not have the luxury.

How does one explain how people who try to get ahead by any means necessary – lying, cheating, stealing, etc. get out competed by those who abstain from such activities? It would have to be that the universe itself has a fondness for virtue and a hatred of vice. And what is god but another name for a conscious universe?

The Beattitudes

March 15, 2009

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
— Matthew 5:3-10

Progressives: Doing God’s work since 1517.

It really is amazing how Christian progressives are – although they seem to not be content with inheriting the Kingdom of God in death – they want to create the Kingdom here on earth.