I am currently reading an old logic textbook by Stanley Jevons. It's quite good. In any event, the passage I want to emphasize is one concerning definitions.
"A definition must not be expressed in obscure,figurative or ambiguous language. In other words, the terms employed in the definition must be all exactly known, otherwise the purpose of the definition, to make us acquainted with the sufficient marks of the species, is obviously defeated. There is no worse logical fault than to define ignotum per ignotius (italics, since the formatting wouldn't carry over), the unknown by the still more unknown. Aristotle's definition of the soul as 'The Entelechy, or first form of an organized body which has potential life,' certainly seems subject to this objection."
God is omnipotent, omnibenevolent, omniscient, personal, and morally perfect. If that doesn't fit ignotum per ignotious, I don't know what does!
Then if the attempt to define God should be taboo, unspoken because of the brain's unyielding capacity to broach the subject matter of defining God, then I know of no greater foolishness than Man's own egotistical superiority to teach us mere mortal, peasants to void the definition of God and keep it as "nothing."
This helps with NOTHING regarding clarification of the term. If you cannot define something, it's hard to meaningfully talk about it. There's no extension of God whatsoever we can point to in aiding our understanding. It's purely intensional. And when the intensional is obscure, the definition of whatever we are trying to define will thus be obscure as well.
I also don't know how I can possibly know or not know the existence of something I can't even define.
"part and parcel if something is part and parcel of an experience, it is a necessary part of that experience which cannot be avoided. Being recognized in the street is all part and parcel of being famous."
God is gravity. After the big bang, there would have been pure chaos of the universe as it was forming. However, because of gravity, the universe was sculpted and formed in an orderly manner. Stars, planets, rotation, novas, super novas, and black holes were all formed and continue to be formed because of gravity. Our planet would be entirely different if it was not for the force of gravity.
The ancients knew nothing about science, so they turned to what they knew which were super-natural forces, like gods. They say if you want religion just live in a fox hole while you are being bombed. During times of crisis, many of us turn to God, in hopes of things turning out O.K. In this way we hedge our bets.
I do not believe in a god and was always taught the god is a concept. I wouldn't go as far as referring god to gravity. Along with gravity, there were the laws of physics to create something from nothing. A Catholic Priest explained that comparing science to creation is like comparing apples to oranges. The Stories found in the Bible (which the Catholic Church don't believe in anymore. They now stongly believe in evolution and the Big Bang) and other creation stories have been around since humans were able to communicate and started to take interest in their surroundings. Modern Science have only been around for the last 500 years. These ancient stories and myths were the best explanation to explain the world around them since they had no access to powerful telescopes and microscopes.
But isn't that would god would do, is create something from nothing? Graviity is the most unifying force in the universe. If there was or is a god, isn't that the first thing he would do? The big bang created an enormous amount of light. Isn't that what it says in the bible? "And he said let there be light and it was good." My post is partly tongue and cheek...don't take it too seriously! I agree with you about modern science.
@peoplepower73 When you rely on GOD to save you from bombs being dropped on you.....remember it was all in his plan to have you murdered. Just like it was in his plan to have my own life ruined by a brain injury. Yeah, that's one helluva loving GOD if you ask me
atheistchick: I'm sorry to hear about your misfortune. Here is a little bit of humor:
A woman was in the hospital for a heart attack. She thought she was going to die, so she asked god not to let her die. God replied: "You are not going to die. You have 20 years, nine months, and 13 hours to live." Hearing that, and still being in the hospital, she had all kinds of work done on her body: Nose bob, lip work, eye lift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and many other enhancements. She left the hospital and was crossing the street, when a truck ran over her and killed her. She met god at the pearly gates and she asked: "Why did you do this to me?" God replied: " I didn't recognize you."
Eve was beside herself, she couldn't figure out how to please adam. She tried everything under the sun to please her man. One day, she asks God "what am I missing, what can I do to make him happy". Suddenly a voice booms from the sky " Do I have to show this again? Go grab me a carrot".
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