A God for the Atheists


“… In that terrific tale of the Passion there is a distinct emotional suggestion that the author of all things (in some unthinkable way) went not only through agony, but through doubt. It is written, ‘Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.’ No; but the Lord thy God may tempt Himself; and it seems as if this is what happened in Gethsemane. In a garden Satan tempted man: and in a garden God tempted God. He passed in some superhuman manner through our human horror of pessimism. When the world shook and the sun was wiped out of heaven, it was not at the crucifixion, but at the cry from the cross: the cry which confessed that God was forsaken of God. And now let the revolutionists choose a creed from all the creeds and a god from all the gods of the world, carefully weighing all the gods of inevitable recurrence and of unalterable power. They will not find another god who has himself been in revolt. Nay, (the matter grows too difficult for human speech,) but let the atheists themselves choose a god. They will find only one divinity who ever uttered their isolation; only one religion in which God seemed for an instant to be an atheist.” –G K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy.

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  1. “And now let the revolutionists choose a creed from all the creeds and a god from all the gods of the world, carefully weighing all the gods of inevitable recurrence and of unalterable power.”

    People don’t actually do this. There are thousands of gods and creeds out there-past and present. It’s geography-based. No magical being is required. People go along with the religion of their parents and community. Precious few Scientologists living in Nepal.

    They will not find another god who has himself been in revolt.

    Um, Prometheus?

    Nay, (the matter grows too difficult for human speech,) but let the atheists themselves choose a god.

    Surely, we could have a smorgasboard of gods if we really wanted to?
    Why stop at one?

    Atheism – How many gods do YOU not believe in?

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