Monday’s Mtg: Is God a Human Invention and a Still-Needed One?

This is Filip’s first topic idea and he will run the meeting if I can’t make it back in time from out of town. We have discussed atheism several times in the past. (Here, for example.) But, I like Fil’s wording because it cuts to the heart of atheism’s challenge to religion: That people believe in God because they want to, based on some psychological or biological need.

Many of you all are practicing atheists, if that’s not an oxymoron. So, no need for me to set up the topic idea, either here or on Monday. Instead, I’m taking this week off after all of the recent long, complex topics and weekly intro posts lately. I’m sure it will be a great meeting,, like all of our religious-themed ones are.

Still, out of habit, here are a few readings on the subject of the basic arguments for and against God’s existence, plus a few dealing with one author’s idea of what needs a human-created God might fulfill for society. It’s a pretty good read, IMO.

SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READING –

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3 responses

  1. One of the most interesting recent human “inventions” of God was that of Joseph Smith, complete with resounding King James style prose.
    God has a human shape and lives on a distant planet, in case you didn’t know: See Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22 et al. Interesting background here:
    http://www.gospeldoctrine.com/content/section-130
    You might be interested in talking further about this.

    Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the meeting.

  2. In a nutshell:

    The Prophet said that “the Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s” (D&C 130:22). He also declared that “if … God … was to make himself visible, … you would see him like a man in form-like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man” (TPJS, p. 345).

    Also learned that Doctrine and Covenants incorporates personal declarations of the “Prophet”

  3. An even older conception is Dyeus, the sky God of the Indo-Europeans:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dy%C4%93us

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