God, the Atheist


A quote from Tom Gilson at Thinking Christian:

“Atheists love to tell Christians we’re just about as atheistic as they are. We’re atheistic about millions of gods; they’re atheistic about millions plus one more.

Okay, it’s silly, but I’ll address it one more time. If God exists, then God is an atheist toward all gods but himself. Therefore with respect to all those gods, God is an atheist. Therefore God is just about as atheistic as atheists.

That’s where their logic goes. The mind reels.”

Yes. This is a good way to put it. It’s a testament to the Jews who were a jealous people with their jealous God. Their was no Jehovah-Ammon but there was a Jupiter-Ammon. Jehovah did not mingle with the other gods. He did not trade his crown for a seat the table of Olympus. And for that reason, owing to the jealousy of the Jews, we have our western world as it is. So much rode of the Jews keeping him separate.

It’s also a testament from the atheists that they have to specify they only go “one God further.” And it is as if with this one act, they wipe away the entire horizon. It shows how different God is to all the other gods. Jehovah did not believe in the other gods because they were shadows of the real thing, and a kind of foreshadowing of he who was to come. God does not fall under the classification of comparative religion for he does not differ in degree but in kind.

It was once said that all the gods and all the men and all the world were just the dream of Brahmin. This statement is illustrative of the difference between God and gods; for there is no more comparison between them than a man and the men who walk about in his dreams. If someone imagines that the difference is that some people have one God and others have a few more, he would do much better to return to Brahmin cosmology as Brahmin stirs from his sleep about stars, gods, and men; and his eyelids open like the dawn upon the death of all.

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5 thoughts on “God, the Atheist

      1. Sometimes answers don’t come in neat scientifically wrapped packages. It doesn’t make them less important.

        Ah, a deepity! Theology at it’s finest.

        Whitman’s Mind: Dan Dennett on Spin & Deepity

  1. (Apologies if this is a repost)

    “Atheists love to tell Christians we’re just about as atheistic as they are. We’re atheistic about millions of gods…

    Well, do you accept that Thor exists?
    No?
    Ok. You are an atheist with regards to Thor.

    (…rinse and repeat with as many other claims to all other gods in history…)

    If God exists, then God is an atheist toward all gods but himself.

    How does he know this?

    Therefore with respect to all those gods, God is an atheist.

    Well, for the sake of argument, sure.
    If “X” does not accept the claim for a [Insert Brand Name] to exist then “X” is an atheist with regards to [Insert Brand Name].
    Even if “X” happens to be a different [Insert Brand Name] it doesn’t change anything.

    Therefore God is just about as atheistic as atheists.

    Nope, that would require “X” not accepting their own existence.
    Since it is reasonable to assume that “X” does accept that they themselves exist and they happen to be a [Insert Brand Name] then that makes “X” a theist.

    They have not gone that all important “one god further”.

    “Atheists love to tell Scientologists we’re just about as atheistic as they are. We’re atheistic about millions of gods; they’re atheistic about millions plus one more.

    Okay, it’s silly, but I’ll address it one more time. If Xenu exists, then Xenu is an atheist toward all gods but himself. Therefore with respect to all those gods, Xenu is an atheist. Therefore Xenu is just about as atheistic as atheists.

    That’s where their logic goes. The mind reels.”

    We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. ” —Richard Dawkins

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