What is the difference between teapots and God?
Good evening R.R.S. I have been doing some thinking in the past few hours and I thought I would posit a question that I had thought of.
I was thinking about little green men and teapots that may be in our universe [thank you Mr. Dawkins for loaning me your examples.] During my thoughts, I was also comparing the God that may be in our universe. I completely understand that Mr. Dawkins, as well as most atheists, are on that 6th level of a 7 level spectrum. My question then would be:
Do you think there is any weight carried along with the possibility of God's existence because of its vast history in human thought?
I was thinking to myself, if it is possible that little green men or teapots are in the universe, then how is God so different from those seemingly lame possibilities. Now forgive me for making the judgment claim that the possibility of God is not lame even though I know that some of you feel that it is. For my purposes though please consider that it is not as lame.
Then I thought more about little green men and God, and thought, well maybe it is because the belief that God exists has been around longer than little green men. It seems that when I reject the existence of possible entities in our universe (Thor, Spaghetti Monster, Teapot) they are usually newer conceptions/possibilities in human history. I've never read about the spaghetti monster for example or teapots in our solar system before this afternoon.
Now granted, there were many older beliefs than the flying spaghetti monster, that we now reject (I'm supposing). For example, Zeus and all the other polytheistic gods I know nothing about (sad to think that I can only name one). But, I'm trying to figure out how God (not solely considered in the Christian conception, but whatever conception you like) lasted this long and has captured the minds and devotion of so many. In my mind, I'm visualizing a number of years into the realm of 3000 years for the concepts of God's existence. Let us say, we can draw the earliest conception of God, back to the Vedic religion in early India. They sure believed in Gods. Perhaps there were beliefs before that, but I have not the faintest idea who it would be.
Now, I realize my question is perhaps easily discredited and I should be shamed for asking it. In my own mind, I can see how the question resembles a "everyone else is doing it, so I should do it" or a "if everyone before me has thought this way, it must surely be something right"...But I hope I have been able to explain my question and my reasoning enough to avoid such conceptions of what I'm asking.
The implication that we should put Darwinism on trial overlooks the fact that Darwinism has always been on trial within the scientific community. -- From Finding Darwin's God by Kenneth R. Miller
Chaos and chance don't mean the absence of law and order, but rather the presence of order so complex that it lies beyond our abilities to grasp and describe it. -- From From Certainty to Uncertainty by F. David Peat