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Featured Atheists: Your Perception of God

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by SalixIncendium, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Ānanda
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    When people of varying religions speak of God, they typically are speaking of their perception of God from their own religious experience unless otherwise specified.

    When someone speaks to you of God, what springs to mind?

    If you were raised into a religion and now identify with atheism, is it the god of that religion? Is it the God you think the speaker is speaking of?

    What God do you default to?
     
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  2. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    Just a concept....some disembodied elsewhere thingie.
    Not at all like the God in The Simpsons.
     
  3. Mestemia

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    For me, the word god is so subjective it is pretty much worthless outside of "higher power than currently known highest power".

    Seems to me that each theist has their very own personal idea of what god is and isn't and though there is some over lap from individual to individual, the problems arise from the non-overlapping areas.
     
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    Sorrow, control, and then my mind switches off.

    The Christian god is a big white man with a beard in the clouds, If someone says 'god' that's what I default to.

    Same answer as above...
    The Christian god is a big white man with a beard in the clouds, If someone says 'god' that's what I default to.
     
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  5. SalixIncendium

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    So how do you carry on discussion about God when you have no idea what the discussion partner is speaking of?
     
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    Good question. When I think of god, I think of deities: Zues, Jehovah, Yamaya, et cetera. So, if someone said "god created the world" I think deities creating the world. If someone says god loves them, I think of deities like Zues giving love (best way I picture it is from Star Trek to tell you honestly).

    The language use throws me off.

    Only @PureX really explained it to me when it comes to mystery of one's being. If someone is talking about deities in my mind I have to translate it into cultural anthropomorphized representations of the unknown.

    On RF it's mostly christians I speak with. Other theists don't describe their gods if more than the basics if they do. So, it's hard to build other opinions about gods-especially when I'm honest and curious about them. Leaves me to a guessing game since I know god isn't owned by christianity.
     
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  7. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Quite honestly, delusion and gullibility

    I don't
     
  8. SalixIncendium

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    So you don’t engage any members here in discussions about God?
     
  9. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Often enough to get a ticking off from admin so i tend to keep it less controversial
     
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  10. SalixIncendium

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    If you have no default perception of God, how do you carry on a conversation about God?
     
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    I was raised Christian (Lutheran) and so that tends to be my default understanding of the word 'God'.

    But I can adapt to use whatever definition is used in any discussion.

    Generally, the term 'God' includes some, if not all, of the following: all powerful, all knowing, all good, creator of the universe, decider of morality, judge of those who have died, sustainer of reality, a necessary being, a very powerful entity, a metaphor for goodness, a metaphor for knowledge, a metaphor for power, etc.

    The God of philosophers tends to be different than the God of Christian fundamentalists, which tends to be different than the Gods of pagans, etc.

    I don't have a preference. Just let me know which one you want to discuss.
     
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  12. Twilight Hue

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    Well I certainly don't see God as some kind of real entity. If anything, my 'God' is the natural processes of nature that we experience first hand.
     
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    "God" as in God-with-a-capital-G? I'll generally assume they're talking about some version of the Christian god unless I have reason to think there talking about another one, just based on the demographics of my area.

    I don't personally default to any gods. I just have ideas about which gods are commonly believed in in my society.
     
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  14. PureX

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    So, logically, then, when you reject the conceptual images and ideals that religious theists dress the Great Mystery of Being up in, that's actually all you're doing ... rejecting the 'artifice'. Not the actual content that the artifice is being used to 'embody', and represent.

    I.e., "jousting at windmills" because someone else imagines them to be "dragons". This is what a lot of "atheism" seem to essentially be about, IMO.
     
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  15. ChristineM

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    By asking for evidence, definition. By mentioning history and pre history
     
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    It's the one they can dismiss most easily. :) :) :) (OK, I'll stop.)
     
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    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    In this forum my default is Abrahamic God. The big fat white man with a beard in the clouds showing his finger to Adam. When I have Hinduism in mind, then I will say Gods and Goddesses, just a God will not suffice. As for belief, I believe in none. My Brahman is not a God.

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  18. SalixIncendium

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    So back to the OP, it's the God you think the speaker is speaking of...
     
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    I default to monotheism because I usually get into these discussions with those in the Abrahamic faiths. The nature of their argument also plays a role because they have set arguments.
     
  20. ChristineM

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    When i was a child and a christian my idea of a grandad in the sky was god for me. I left christianity and grew up.

    I simply have no concept of a god. Everyone who does has their own idea of what a god is, that's up to them. Only when they can provide falsifiable evidence that their idea is more meaningful than every other god idea by providing evidence will i review that evidence.
     
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