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July 01, 2011



Back when I was teaching, I had one business major who really wanted to know what my religious beliefs were. I wouldn't tell him, partly because it was none of his business (it was a programming class, not philosophy or religion), and partly to make the point that he wouldn't last long in the business world if he couldn't form productive relationships with people whose beliefs he knew very little about.


You know my beliefs regarding organized religion, and I think we are closer than you think. I'll define God for you. Creator of all. No beginnings, no end. Always having existed. Will always exist. God. Do you beleive in this God?

Greg Horton

Kevin, still insufficient. I don't need the concept of a Creator. In fact, it seems to be an answer begging for a question, and an insufficient answer at that. It's meant
to explain where the world came from, but it does the same duty as any other word applied to that scenario. It's an explanation that simply can't be known, and in most cases, it's no better than I don't know or it's always been here. To say that creation had to have emerged from something/someone is only to say that we need an explanation; it does not create the necessity for an explanation. Creator eventually has to be moved from the realm of concept to that of signifier to that of signified. I think that process is impossible based on how I understand it to function right now. This is not to say I'm not open to an explanation that will cohere with reality, but to say I haven't seen one yet.

No beginning and no end doesn't help much either. In fact, it's utterly depressing. The cosmic ennui would be unbelievable for a being like that. It also seems a case of special pleading. Why must everything have a beginning and an end except this concept? And again, once we name the concept, we're left with the process of putting characteristics to it. This is the theistic game, and it's one in which I have no interest because no one can know. For me, it's better to live with a set of creative, redemptive humanistic assumptions than to try to put flesh to a concept that seems to do nothing but divide the human race.

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