Friday, 24 April 2015

A Small God.

When Carl Sagan​ spoke of people wanting their god small, I think many people misunderstood what he meant. The god people often describe is infinite, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, etc. This is a big definition for sure, but God's definition and biblical actions are oceans apart. Scientists like Sagan, who have a greater glimpse of the immensity, intricacy, and elegance of nature see this juxtaposition better than anyone.

Would the artist of auroras choose one tribe over another, destroying their enemies.
Would the creator of chromosomes command his tribe of goat herders to cut off a part of their penis?
Would the engineer of evolution care for the life being shaped by it?
Would the designer of dopamine expect moral perfection from brains awash in it?
Would the maker of molecules care about what a specie of apes in the Milky Way galaxy do in their bedrooms?
Would the author of atoms demand female virginity and obedience to their husbands??
Would the artist of auroras destroy city walls or take sides in tribal conflicts in Palestine?

The god portrayed in the old testament seems so small-minded, human-centered, and he thinks like you would expect humans at the time would. He rules like a king, which is people governed themselves. Sought progress through conquest, opposed rival tribes, and demanded women's place in society to be subservient to men. The bible reads like it was written by primitive, small-minded men, not an all-knowing, cosmic perspective divinity.

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