Derek Cheshire | May 09, 2009
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What is God?
Derek: Just a belief system, not a real entity. This is good in that each person can have their own individual perspective. If God were an entity then we could end up playing tug of war (as some religions do) like we do with possessions. It also means we can believe or not.
God or the Big Bang (or both)?
Derek: Being a scientist at heart I would say the Big Bang but if we go back in time to the advent of the Big Bang then I cannot comprehend what came before. At this point God may not be relevant either apart from comforting those who cannot cope with lack of certainty.
God or Darwin (or both)?
Derek: Definitely Darwin. Unless all of science is off track. Creationism cannot explain the age of the earth, evolution etc. Darwinism can.
God or Darfur ? (How can Darfur happen if there is God?)
Derek: Depends on your view of God. I have not heard of any pro-God views that say God is a nasty piece of work. Most are along the lines of a strict but fair parent figure. If there is a God along these lines then Darfur and other tragedies cannot happen.
Who is God’s God?
Derek: There’s the rub. What happens if there is no God now but something or someone becomes God in the future. Could God have come into being at Big Bang time? In a way we should never answer these sort of questions although they provide plenty of food for thought and material for sensible debate.
Will the real God please stand up? (Why do we have so many religions?)
Derek: Setting aside the fact that I believe there is no God, if God did exist and wished to reach out to everyone then God would adopt some sort of ‘disguise’ to do so. Also many religions do not deny God but are simply based on the teachings of prophets. Does this mean that those writing scriptures etc do not have an answer for ‘God’ but concentrate on what came after?
Is this just a big lab and are we just guinea pigs and God just a researcher?
Derek: There could just be some sort of being out there who is playing with us all, and we will never know. The only argument against the lab idea is that experiments can be re-run. The human race is a once only opportunity. If we mess up then we do it big time.
Unexplained phenomena = God?
Derek: Unexplained phenomena= lack of knowledge or information about what is happening. Take ancient descriptions of natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes or eclipses. Find out more and the need for attribution to a higher entity often goes away.
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