Please define God

I think people should know your personal definition of God before they try and start an argument about God with you.

Posted: August 12th 2011

Blaise www

I agree that you can’t have a useful conversation until you agree on the definitions of terms. Unfortunately, I’ve never met two theists that can completely agree on their definition of 'god’, so I can’t give you much help in that regard.

I can say that every definition of 'god’ that I have ever heard has either been internally logically inconsistent, and therefore unsupportable, or so vague as to render the term very nearly meaningless.

Posted: August 16th 2011

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Dave Hitt www

Which god? There are tens of thousands to chose from.

Posted: August 15th 2011

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George Locke

When a theist wants to convince an atheist of what they believe, the atheist’s first task is to understand what the theist is saying. When Biblical literalists and Reform Jews use the word “God”, they refer to different ideas. It would be folly to try and shoehorn every religious person’s use of the word “god” into the same mold. However, there are commonalities; for example, they’re all bunk.

Posted: August 15th 2011

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I don’t have a personal definition of god.

One of the things that pushed me from sortof believing to atheism was when I realized that nobody has a good definition of god.

Take the Christian god, the one I spent many years in church learning about:

He’s really not one god, but three. The father, the vengefull old-testament god, a real 1950s sort of god.

The son, who got sent to earth in human form so that he could die because of all the bad things that people were doing but still ended up being more of a 1960s peace and love sort of god.

And the holy ghost, who is some sort of poorly defined spirit, or something like that.

Somehow, people are able to wrap this up into one entity, and not only say that they believe in its existence, but, for some, claim that they have a personal relationship with him (interestingly, one seems to only have a relationship with the son, the father is apparently doing his 50’s dad thing and not really that involved. One can be moved by the holy spirit, but not really have a relationship with him, FWICT).

I’ve asked many theists for a definition of their god, and how I can tell that god is having an impact on the physical world. I haven’t gotten anything well-defined yet.

But they assure me that their god is real, while at the same time assuring me that the god that others are worshipping are false gods.

Posted: August 15th 2011

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Mike the Infidel www

God, in the most general terms, is an empty concept. The myriad definitions of God have left essentially every aspect of its personality (even whether or not it has a personality) totally open.

I don’t have a personal definition of God, because I don’t believe in any gods. All of the concepts of God I’ve been presented with, I have rejected as baseless; and I know that if I just made up my own definition, all I’d be doing was believing in something I made up.

Posted: August 15th 2011

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brian thomson www

If you’re asking what my personal conception is, as an atheist – well, I don’t have one. That much should be obvious. I have some academic ideas based on things I’ve read, but they aren’t really mine, and I’m always reacting to the definitions that others try to impose on me – and they’re always varying. I am less concerned with notions of “God” than I am with the consequences of religion.

In the case of the Judeo-Christian religions, we don’t need people to define what they mean, since those religions come with pre-written definitions that believers are obliged to adopt. Most Christian sects use a variation of the “Apostles’ Creed” while Islam has the Tawhid .

Posted: August 15th 2011

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