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 IAmAnAtheist » What is a deity?

What is a deity?

Yes, it sounds and looks like semantics.

God, to me, is the English word to describe a universal force. It doesn’t matter to me what that force is called – it still rules everything, including you and me.

I’m not sure how I feel about deities. I honour the Moon, for example. I recognise her as a power for all, but particularly for women and children. She has immense power in my private world. Does that make her a deity? Is that worship of a deity? If so, then I think deities are essential. If not, then I don’t know what you make of my attachment to the natural world and of being happy to call it a deity, God, and acknowledging sub-deities in the Sun and Moon and stars and planets and wind and rain etc.

What matters is that you are stirring the pot and making us all think.

Thanks for replying. I do like what you are doing. It’s both sensible and fun.

I notice you attract some serious energy (e.g, the suicidal person) and you handle it very well. Quite courageous, really.

I think that your definition of God is a little overbroad, in that it would apply to (for example) gravity. At the very least, I’d say that God must have the attribute of being alive (in some sense).

I’d say that if you attribute power and will to the moon, then that would make the moon a deity. There is nothing inconsistent in this view, at least on the face of it.

Thank you for the kind words, and for further explaining your point of view.

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 3:17 am by ideclare · Permalink
In: Defining god

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