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Discussion: somewhat theological

I was just remarking to neonchameleon that one of the good things about lj is that people respect threading a lot more than in many other web forums. So in keeping with this, I feel I should repost this discussion of a vaguely theological bent as a new entry. It's too interesting to be left languishing in a thread that's supposed to be about a book about town planning.

I said:
I have very little time myself for the 'god of gaps' version of religion: we'll inoke a deity when our science / philosophy isn't good enough to explain something. Ugh.

Can you please stop being tempted to quote things and actually quote some of them already? This is getting far too tantalizing!

Anyway, Karen Armstrong on the same subject:

"We can learn that God does not exist in any simplistic sense... or that the very word "God" is only a symbol of a reality that ineffably transcends it. The mystical agnosticism could help us."

(A History of God, 1993)

I don't like ineffably transcends very much, but I like what she's getting at.
rysmiel replied:
The thing I dislike about this value of deity is how easily it slips into declaring certain things unknowable, the province only of deity, and how easily that in turn slips into a way of slapping down uppity types who want to explore those limits. [ "Eppuor si muove" ] Believing in a God that exists in spaces above and beyond the scope of humaworn reason doesn't work for me becuase it seems excessively early to say human reason's hit such limits.


I think this is interesting enough to be worthy of its own thread.
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