A possible God's possible purpose and nature (The nature of a \'Creator\')

by David Turell @, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 20:09 (127 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: I have to remind you, an evolutionary process builds new stages from the old and in our case this evolution adds complexity at each stage. Brontos are part of a stage.

dhw: Dodge, dodge, dodge. I have to remind you that if you believe in common descent, ALL life forms were once new “stages” built from the old, but 99% of the stages had no connection with humans. You have said yourself that brontos had no direct connection to humans. They were a “stage” on a different branch of the bush.

That is not what I have proposed above. Of course there is no direct connection with stages that are far apart in time.


DAVID: I won't deny my vision of a very purposeful God who knows exactly what He is doing on the way to His goals.

dhw: So you agree that your version is a control freak. Meanwhile, what are the other goals apart from humans and their food supply? Why do you believe that a God whose goal is to create a free-for-all is not purposeful and does not know what he is doing on the way to fulfilling his goal of a free-for-all?

DAVID: Free-for-alls by definition have no specific goal in sight. You are not logical.

dhw: You’re fond of the phrase “slicing and dicing”, and that is precisely what you are doing. The subject is God’s goal. His goal would be the joy/excitement/pleasure of watching what the free-for-all will lead to. You accidentally hit on it when you drew the analogy with my own creative processes.

Again a very humanized God who MUST have human pleasures to watch an uncontrolled developing melee with an unknown but potentially exciting outcome. Like a cricket match


dhw: I know your beliefs are fixed. I am merely pointing out that if he was willing to give up control of our behaviour, it should not be inconceivable that he was also willing to give up control of evolution. At least that would offer you an explanation for all the different, higgledy-piggledy, non-human varieties of life forms that came and went, and it would relieve you of the problem of why your God with his good intentions deliberately designed all the murderous bacteria and viruses that cause so much suffering.

DAVID: It doesn't compare. Control over forms advancing to human beings is not the same as organisms controlling their everyday activity. Again, no logic.

dhw: That is not the comparison I am drawing! You chicken out of telling us what you think is your God’s purpose in creating us with our free will. So here’s one possibility: he’s done it because he’s interested in seeing what we do with our free will.

Our giant brains allow us to decide to study God's works. Perhaps it is a way He allows us the challenge of figuring His methods of creation. Only a guess!!!

dhw: Why would he give cell communities the freedom to create their own designs? One possibility: he’s done it because he’s interested in seeing what they do with their freedom to create their own designs. That is the comparison. Furthermore, since you have no doubt that your God is interested in his creations, there is no logical reason why you should reject the idea that he created them because he wanted something that would interest him. The theory at least offers solutions to the two bolded problems above, which you are so desperate to ignore.

Why shouldn't I ignore you invented problems about a God I believe in? I've answered your current proposal about God's interests above: "a very humanized God who MUST have human pleasures to watch an uncontrolled developing melee with an unknown but potentially exciting outcome. Like a cricket match"


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