Friday, November 30, 2012

The Reverse-Anselm

Adam Roberts:

What should believers do if they discover that their belief is getting in the way of their proper connection to God? Would they be prepared to sacrifice their faith for their faith? For the true believer, God is always a mysterious supplement, present in life but never completely known, always in essence just beyond the ability of the mind to grasp. But for a true atheist, this is even more profoundly true: the atheist embraces the mysterious Otherness of God much more wholeheartedly than the believer does. To the point, indeed, of Othering God from existence itself. For a long, long time Christianity has been about an unironic, literal belief in the Trinity. It has lost touch with its everythingness and its difference and its novelty. Disbelief restores that.

Ahem. I do believe this epistemological phenomenon has already been born and named

5 comments:

noel said...

Yeah, yeah - everything worth saying... Not to rain on your parade, but aren't you two treating existence as a property? Seems to me, the more "otherness" we attribute to God, the more likely it is It exists (as the first cause, the creativity of the void, etc. - certainly not a person). The funny thing is, some Christians have been saying "God is unknowable" for centuries. Too bad it never seems to sink in.

The Vile Scribbler said...

Seems to me, the more "otherness" we attribute to God, the more likely it is It exists (as the first cause, the creativity of the void, etc. - certainly not a person).

I don't follow.

noel said...

A personal God, an obvious product of projection and childishness, certainly does not exist. An impersonal one, a mystery, a first cause, is at least not completely ridiculous. So it's more likely to exist.

Brian M said...

We are assuming that the universe must have a "cause". Maybe the universe just "is". As time is a property of space and matter and energy, can there be a "time" "before" the universe exists?

noel said...

"Is" is a very small word for a very big thing. Maybe existence needs God to happen and keep happening. Or not. What's important is what's real, not what we call it.