Thursday, November 18, 2004

Magical Carpenter

"Gods are beings created by humans and given supernatural powers or attributes such as immortality, omniscience, telekinesis, and invisibility. These creations serve many purposes, such as imaginary protection from enemies or explanations for the origin of such things as good and evil, fire and wind, or life and death....It is often said claimed that religion began in fear and superstition. The same might be said for gods.

Some religions maintain that there is just one God and that all the gods of all religions except were created by human beings. Yet, everyone who believes in a god of some sort believes their god is real.

Since Gods are supernatural, they exist outside the bounds and laws of space and time. They can possess any of the infinite array of magical powers. Hence, there is no way to prove or disprove their reality. One might say: If gods exist, anything goes. "

The preceeding is an excerpt from Robert Todd Carroll's website The Skeptic's Dictionary, an A-Z of chicanery and fraud and what is more important, how to recognise it. At Carroll reveals in the illuminating power of scrutiny and sober thought the sibling evils of Amway/Quixtar, magical carpenters and other assorted faries and goblins. Throughout it all, the website used science and reason as a stark contrast to the duplicitous schemes that plague our culture's narrowminded. Check it out.

In my (reasonably accurate but prone to misdiagnosis due to a lack of data ) opinion, any arguements relating to the proof of GOD, god, gods, a god like thing, creators,omnipotent, benevolant or abmivilant all have one thing in common. They can also be used to support the existance of gremlins, unicorns and the additional creative excrement of a culture facinated by centuries old children's tales and social construct designed to keep large numbers of agrarian and or pastorally based peasants from rising up and beheading each other for the right to die in their meager pestulant isolation.

Pipe and Smoke it.


Blogger Bree said...

As you say, there is a lack of data. It could be that all gods and supernatural phenomena are invented by overimaginative people to explain the things that awe and frighten them. Or it could be an epic game of 'Telephone' -- perhaps there is a kernel of truth in these myths, and humans have merely encrusted and obscured it in layers of fantasy. Or maybe the truth is more than just a kernel. Maybe those tales aren't as distorted as skeptics would like to believe.

It's all just theories. There's a lack of proof any way you look at it. I'm reserving judgement until I collect enough data points to tip the scales.

12:21 AM  
Blogger juicyjay said...

Sounds like a good approach to take, bree. That's more akin to scientific method than the "lack of data" excuse. Will, you may be accurate, or you may be misunderstanding because you have been unwilling to this point to take in the informaiton needed to know otherwise... but would you be aware of it if the latter were true?

Anyway, I actually came to your site to point you at an article I think you'll like:
"Draft the Boys at Sixty-Five"

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