Re: Goldilocks world

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2005 12:25:50 +1100

George Levy writes:

>Kim Jones wrote:
>>can God in her omniscient, omnipotent wisdom create a rock that is so
>>heavy even God herself cannot lift it? ;-)
>>Kim Jones
>Along these lines I found a way to resolve the theist and the atheist
>viewpoints: It is simply to assert that god is so big and powerful
>(omniscient and omnipotent) that he is the creator of a world capable of
>creating itself. Hence his role in creation is nil even though he is the
>creator. This approach allows the scientific process to continue as if
>there were no god. Evolution is OK. The big bang is OK. It also satisfies
>the theists because it raises god to such unimaginable level of power that
>he is able create this way: by doing nothing. This god is surely bigger
>than any "hands-on-creation" god that classical religions have come up
>with. ;-)

George's God is perhaps the ultimate expression of deism, the belief that
God made the world but then refrained from any further interference in it.
Most scientists who believe in God should be deists rather than theists if
they are to be consistent, otherwise they would have to include divine
intervention as a possible explanation for every experimental result. This
type of God usually does not satisfy theists, however, because they cling to
the idea that God is personally interested in them, listens to prayers, and
may intervene in the world from time to time if he wishes.

Stathis Papaioannou

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