Purpose and design (Evolution)

by dhw, Monday, May 01, 2017, 08:58 (169 days ago) @ David Turell

dhw:I do not “know” anything. If you think that instead of hiding himself he guides you and may respond to your prayers, you must think him “human” enough to understand your needs and care about you as an individual. No problem if that’s what you believe. But it makes a mockery of your dismissal of any alternative view of your God because we can’t “know” (which is why we both speculate) or because it is a “humanization” that differs from your own humanization.

DAVID: His consciousness and mine can obviously communicate, although from our viewpoint it is unidirectional. I'll stick to a definition of Him as 'a person like no other person we can know'.

That does not alter the fact that your own beliefs run counter to the arguments you offer to discredit alternatives: nobody “knows” the truth, and you think he is human enough to listen to you and to care about you, but I should not speculate on boredom or loneliness because that is human.

DAVID: Yes, most anything is conceivably possible, but I strongly feel God is more purposeful than emotional. I find boredom and loneliness as highly unreasonable.

Why do you compare purpose and emotion? Emotion can be a spur to purpose. Boredom and loneliness can motivate a mind to invent something whose purpose is to relieve such feelings. Why is that unreasonable?


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