This thread invites comments to either of us. Constructive, thoughtful comments will be appreciated over argumentative rants and knee-jerk reactions. One of us is a genuinely Christian person who will probably reply kindly to such rants and reactions. The other will treat them as they deserve.
Let us begin.
A Monotheist God Concept
Immanuel Can wrote:
My proposition is simple. The idea of the existence of the Supreme Being is rationally coherent, scientifically tenable and a very powerful way of explaining the way the World is. Granted that there are always questions to be asked (how else could it be when we are discussing the most supremely complex Entity in existence), God is the best explanation for the way things really are.
Belief in God provides a reasonable explanation for the unreasonable orderliness of our universe. It best explains why the laws upon which science depends exist and are discoverable to us. And it provides an essential moral context for the legitimate uses of our technologies and modern science's rapidly extending powers.
In addition, the Biblical account of human nature is a superbly accurate description of the sociological and historical facts we're all used to seeing every day. Moreover it provides the best explanation for the existence of evil, for human conscience, and for the reality of super-scientific entities widely held to be authentic, such as values, morality, consciousness, intellection, rights, justice and the human soul.
So my position is that there is no advance to be made on the conception of the monotheistic God by any of the alternatives currently on offer, such as Atheism or Polytheism.
greylorn wrote: I am certain that the universe in which we live was created, intelligently and deliberately-- but not all of it. Energy, the stuff from which all forms of our reality are constructed, cannot be created or destroyed. This is a well-tested principle of physics.
Thus, no "God" could have created energy. Why should he? Would a potter strive to create the clay for his pots when it already lies beneath his feet?
I propose not that there is no God, but that the God defined by monotheistic religions is a hypothetical concept that does not work out well when applied to reality. That this hypothetical God is not omniscient is shown clearly in the Old Testament. If God really knew what jerks the humans he created would become, why would he have created them?
The microbiologist Michael Behe uses clear science to demonstrate that biological life cannot have evolved from random Darwinistic processes. He produces clear science-based evidence for Intelligent Design, but does not attempt to identify the designer, or designers.
This is our challenge. I propose to abandon the traditional omnipotent, omniscient God-concept in favor of multiple creators, each with limited capabilities. This hypothesis solves most problems with respect to the initial and ongoing creation processes. Tossing in the idea that the creators did not create the human soul solves the remaining problems.