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"God was primitive man's attempt at physics"

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« on: 14/09/2009 05:30:16 »
What is meant by the term 'God'? Is there really anything called God?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 14/09/2009 08:26:42 »
God is the creation of Man and is as real as the individual wants Him/Her/It to be.

A vote here can only be one of personal opinion.

Believers will vote 'true'
Atheists will vote 'false'
Agnostics could vote for any of the 3

The ACTUAL truth will never be known, unless a God appears in the sky to give us all a good telling off!
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« Reply #2 on: 14/09/2009 10:05:03 »
I voted can't decide, because i really can't decide what god was for primitive mankind, as the question states.

I can only say my own opinion, which is that god is a tool, sometimes used, sometimes abused.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 14/09/2009 11:42:17 »
I don't think I would agree with the question in the poll though.  I would assume that gods (as it would probably have been many goods for primitive people) were just a means to explain things that were not understood - spirits of the wind, seasons etc.  For this reason, I wouldn't agree that gods were an attempt at physics specifically.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 14/09/2009 17:47:55 »
Hmmm Using the one word "god" could that be referring to the one god in Christianity or Catholicism. If its this God then I say False.
If its in the context of which BenV uses i would lean more to True
 

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« Reply #5 on: 14/09/2009 19:49:17 »
I can't see how the notion of God, or Gods, can be equated with physics, but perhaps the questioner really meant religion, which would make more sense.

Religion tries to explain things, as does physics, but whereas causality is at the basis of physics i.e. A happens because of B, in religion A happens because God says so.

Religion is also equally concerned with controlling people, prescribing and proscribing what is and what is not allowed, as it is with explanation.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 15/09/2009 01:00:45 »
I can see what the original questioner is getting at, and whilst I answered 'true', I think there's a bit more to it than just as answer to physics.  I agree with BenV in that 'God' was created to explain a lot of unknown things, not just physics.  To me it seems bizarre and rather naive to actually believe in the existance of a God as described by any of the religions of our world.  I don't find it compatible with what I believe, which is science.

I could argue the point until The Milky Way collides with Andromeda, but I'll condense it into this - The irrational belief in any of the Gods or religions of our world makes scarecely more sense than believing in the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus (sorry kids).  And as for the religion I was brought up with (Christianity), I just can't believe in a God who is a self confessed forgiver and force of pure goodness, but would knowingly send me to eternity in hell for living a good life but not believing in him.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 15/09/2009 07:44:23 »
The irrational belief in any of the Gods or religions of our world makes scarecely more sense than believing in the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus (sorry kids).  And as for the religion I was brought up with (Christianity), I just can't believe in a God who is a self confessed forgiver and force of pure goodness, but would knowingly send me to eternity in hell for living a good life but not believing in him.

Absolutely agree with you there. On the reverse, a murdering paedophile who believes in God and repents just before he/she pops their clogs can spend eternity in paradise! The whole affair is totally irrational. No rhyme or reason, no sense whatsoever.

There's also the point of the indiscriminate killing of thousands in natural (or should I say 'Acts of God') disasters such as the Indian Ocean tsunami.

OK, don't tell me; its God's will. Sheesh!
 

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