I consider myself agnostic, which i suppose is a rather more impressive way of saying that i sit on the metaphorical fence, as far as the existence of a god goes. At the naive age of sixteen, i was keen to try and pinpoint my position on the issue, and find an official, more specific label for my belief. However i have recently come to the conclusion that this was a foolish endeavour, seeing as my exact views were unlikely to be represented by any such label, and any attempt to find an appropriate label could result in altering my beliefs so that they fit into a neat pigeonhole. Now at the highly enlightened age of seventeen, i am instead keen to form my own opinions and theories without having to identity myself to any sort of organisation. One such theory was formulated whilst Walking home from school, following a heated debate with a local vicar, during which he proclaimed that god is perfect, and I presented evidence to the contrary (not hard) thus giving him the metaphorical rope he needed to tie himself into knots. The theory: That there was a god (or energy. This presence transferred its energies into creating the universe. This presence as a result became less and less as the universe was created, and thus we have the situation today, with no god or ‘presence’. And hence the christian idea that god is part of us (at least i think it was a christian idea) Looking back, it was a hastiy drawn up theory, with several holes, but i felt the need to share it with you (maybe i was called by god to share it….? or maybe not.) Ps your Arguments against section is hilarious…and bears a hell of a lot of truths.
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The idea that God’s energies were expended creating the universe is a bit like Deism (which many of America’s founding fathers were followers of). I have also read some religious theorists who believe that all religions are just different interpretations of experiences of the divine, and therefore all incorrect although they have divine inspiration. This idea might mesh with your theory as well.
By the way, if you have the time, I’d be interested to hear more about your discussion with the vicar. Namely, what was your evidence that God is not perfect? I’d like to know if you are a good debater or if the vicar was just a bad one <G>.