I found a new (to me) web site that is a wealth of thought provoking essays, The Ragged Trouser Philosopher. One of the articles, written tongue in cheek but with great insights on the existence of the Great Sky Guy is an essay titled “Talking With God”.

The following is a brief excerpt .

Atheist; Why me? Why pick on an atheist of all people? Why are you telling me all this? And why Now?’

God, ‘Why You? Because you can accept my existence without your ego caving in and grovelling like a naughty child. ''Can you seriously imagine how the Pope would react to the reality of my existence?! If he really understood how badly wrong he and his church have been, how much of the pain and suffering you mentioned earlier has been caused by his religion, I suspect he'd have an instant coronary! Or can you picture what it would be like if I appeared "live" simultaneously on half a dozen tele-evangelist propaganda shows. Pat Robertson would wet himself if he actually understood who he was talking to. Conversely, your interest is purely academic. You've never swallowed the fairy tale but you've remained open to the possibility of a more advanced life form which could acquire godlike powers. You’ve correctly guessed that godhood is the destiny of life. You have shown you can and do cope with the concept. It seemed reasonable to confirm your suspicions and let you do what you will with that information.
I can see you're already thinking about publishing this conversation on the web where it could sow an important seed. Might take a couple of hundred years to germinate, but, eventually, it will germinate. Why now? Well partly because both you and the web are ready now. But chiefly because the human race is reaching a critical phase. It goes back to what we were saying about the dangers of knowledge. Essentially your species is becoming aware of that danger. When that happens to any sapient species, the future can take three courses. Many are tempted to avoid the danger by avoiding the knowledge. Like the adapters, they are doomed to extinction. Often pleasantly enough in the confines of their own planet until either their will to live expires or their primary turns red giant and snuffs them out. A large number go on blindly acquiring the knowledge and don't learn to restrain their abuse. Their fate is sealed somewhat more quickly of course, when Pandora’s box blows up in their faces.
The only ones who reach level two are those who learn to accept and to live with their most dangerous knowledge. Each and every individual in such a species must eventually become capable of destroying their entire species at any time. Yet they must learn to control themselves to the degree that they can survive even
such deadly insight. And frankly, they’re the only ones we really want to see leaving their solar systems. Species that haven’t achieved that maturity could not be allowed to infect the rest of the universe, but fortunately that has never required my intervention. The knowledge always does the trick’

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It may be anti-religious and, therefore, appear somewhat logical at first blush but it's still the invisible super-grandpa talking to ... to ... a Chosen One.

So it's just as delusional and potentially genocidal as the old stuff, if you ask me.

I don't think the essay was meant to present an alternate "god" but rather, was a parody on belief in god.  However, it does present an alternative "deity" that has more logic to it than what the theists buy as the "revealed truth".  I think you took the essay way to seriously.

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