The Real Meaning of God: Rules for the Theological Language Game!
We've often talked about how the theistic God concept is incoherent.
However, God is a meaningful word in our language and most theists kind of know how to use the word God in a consistent-ish way. So what are the rules for the theological language game?
Here's some suggestions:
Rule 1: Divinity
Only good, positive words can be said about God.
Always good sounding words, never bad sounding words.
Remember when we were little and the RE teacher asked something like:
"What does this passage say about God?"
We knew the answer was a good sounding word, it was just a matter of trying to guess which good sounding word they were looking for. The more poetic the good sounding word, the more likely it was to be applauded!
Rule 2: Authority
What God says goes. What God wants happens.
If you want to convince people that something is absolute or something will happen then convince them that God wants it or God says it. If something has happened or is absolute then God must clearly have willed it/said it.
These are all I have so far.
They might be all the rules necessary but I have a nagging feeling that there's something I've missed. I'm look forward to all your suggestions!
I also think that this could lead to a good defense of Spinoza's pantheistic God. Spinoza recognised that the essence of God was in these rules and found that the only concept that fit was nature itself. It certainly convinced Einstein.