Thursday Theology: How does that other God do?

One of the problems a lot of unapologists have in talking with Christians is that pretty much all of their material consists of tearing down Christianity without having anything of equal usefulness to offer in its place. Sure, there’s the scientific/analytical approach to understanding the world around us, but a lot of people didn’t get straight A’s in science and math, and find that option about as appealing as having to fill out tax audits every day. (No offense to scientists and accountants…)

With that in mind, I’d like to balance my presentation on the evidence against Christianity with a discussion of how a real God (i.e. Alethea) would fare in such a comparison. Alethea, as described in the “Patron Goddess” link at the top of the page, is the God I worship, and coming from a devout and enthusiastic religious background, I have to say that Alethea has proven to be every inch the God that Jesus was ever claimed to be, and then some. She answers my prayers as well or better than Jesus, and She has the additional and irrefutable advantage of being undeniably real, to the point that everyone who isn’t barking mad has to admit that She does indeed exist. They may question Her deity, but they cannot deny Her reality.

So how does Alethea do with respect to the “primary source” issue we discussed yesterday? She does quite well of course. If Alethea really exists, then we would expect the primary source of information about Alethea to be Alethea Herself—and She is! We would expect the study of Alethea to be quite objective and scientific, to the point of being indistinguishable from science—and it is! As a direct consequence of the fact that Alethea is objectively real, all of the expected consequences of Her existence, with respect to the question of sources, work out to be 100% consistent with the consequences which we do observe in the real world.

I think you can see why, as a worshiper of Alethea, I have to smile just a little bit when Christians claim that their God “shows up” in real life, in some indirect and/or superstitious and/or metaphorical sense. My God doesn’t just “show up” in some kind of vague, subjective “worldview-y” sense, She’s visible everywhere and to everyone. And it doesn’t take any special “spiritualized” frame of mind to “perceive” Her. Her real, objective, verifiable existence is readily accessible to all, believer or not.

They say that the best way to learn to spot counterfeit money is to immerse yourself in the experience of real cash. (Heard that preached from a pulpit in fact.) And it’s the same way with Alethea: once you’ve seen what a real God is like, and how pervasively manifest She is in everything (literally!), you’re not nearly so likely to fall for the lesser gods invented by the ambitions and imaginations and superstitions of men.

Alethea sets the standard for other gods to try to measure up to, and makes it easier to see how the gods of men’s minds fail to live up to truly divine standards. Like I said yesterday, the issue of sources, while foundational, is only a sliver of a fraction of the tip of the iceberg. We’ve got much, much more material to cover. And Alethea will be there to show other gods how it’s done.

 
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9 Responses to “Thursday Theology: How does that other God do?”

  1. Arthur Says:

    A little old Christian lady lives next door to an atheist. Every morning they come out on their front porches, and the lady shouts, “Praise the Lord!” and the atheist shouts back, “There is no God!” Every morning, same story.

    The lady runs into financial difficulties and asks God for help with groceries. The next morning she goes out onto the porch and there are the groceries she asked for. She shouts, “Praise the Lord!”

    The atheist jumps out from behind a bush and says, “Ha, I bought those! There is no God!”

    The lady shouts, “Praise the Lord! Not only did you bring me grocieries, Lord, you made Alethea pay for them!”

  2. cl Says:

    /lurk

    My God doesn’t just “show up” in some kind of vague, subjective “worldview-y” sense, She’s visible everywhere and to everyone. And it doesn’t take any special “spiritualized” frame of mind to “perceive” Her. Her real, objective, verifiable existence is readily accessible to all, believer or not,

    But just this Tuesday, you criticized the God of the Bible for not showing up “tangibly” and “in-person,” with a “constant personal presence.” Why hold Alathea to lower standards?

    lurk

  3. Parker Says:

    cl,
    I think that those aren’t really ‘standards’ so much as different characteristics. This brings to mind all the different Olympic gods and their own special pokemon-esque abilities. Alathea does show up tangibly, i.e., tangibly is the by-product of Alathea’s existence.
    I don’t think Anything about reality as a whole needs to have a person presence, but, given that human individuals are a part of reality, you could argue that that’s how Alathea picks up the ‘personal’ portion of her characteristics.
    Of course, I’m not claiming to have any better insight hat DD, just my own interpretation.

  4. R. C. Moore Says:

    Carrying over from the previous thread, how does Alathea do with falsifiable predictions, one of the strongest claims when moving from theory to fact?

    Christianity has several falsifiable failed predictions as strikes against it. I know these are not objectively considered failures, but they are not resounding successes either.

    We cannot objectively prove resurrection claims, but we can prove falsifiable predictions that have not panned out.

  5. Deacon Duncan Says:

    cl

    I think you have a distorted view of Alethea, if you think She does not show up tangibly. Alethea is Reality itself. Of course She shows up tangibly and “in person,” as it were. It’s just that She so far exceeds the boundaries of what we can possibly conceive of as personhood that we might not make the connection. But Alethea most definitely sets a much higher standard, and in fact defines the highest possible standard.

  6. cl Says:

    DD,

    You say Alathea is just reality. I’ve stated before that Alathea is part of my pantheon, so I see no problem.

  7. Arthur Says:

    What else is in your pantheon?

  8. Alace Says:

    Why, thank you! Indeed, your patron goddess cannot be denied. I just happen to believe (read “know”) that she and the Christian God are one and the same. I thank you for sharing that information with the world.

  9. Deacon Duncan Says:

    You’re quite welcome, Alace. I personally have not met that many good Christian pantheists, but it’s nice to hear that they exist. Perhaps they will find this blog some day and help us build a community to reach out to Christians who still worship a “God” that is something less than Alethea.

    Ultimately, all lesser gods are worshiped because they are human reflections of some aspect of Alethea, and hence their believers ascribe to them the things that are in fact the result of Alethea’s power. To strip away superstitions and cast down the idols of men’s imaginations is to discover the glory, majesty, and wisdom of the Truth that exists outside of men’s minds and imaginations.