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Comments, Fry, God and Eckhart.

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OK. Other than deleting spam and suspicious questions from the comment folder just wanted to share a thought on Stephen Fry’s comments on God and that resulted in accusations and possible prosecution for blasphemy. Didn’t know Ireland still had that on their statutes but apparently Muslim nations are not alone in making insulting God a criminal offense. As though a God has any need of legal protection from humans but that’s not the point here – what I find amazing is that Stephen, an educated and I always thought intelligent person, has such a child-like understanding of what God whether you ‘believe’ or not, could possibly be. For those who didn’t see the interview aired on Irish television below are Steven’s thoughts on God. Taken from a news website which saved me the trouble of transcribing it from the TV footage.

Asked what he would say if he was confronted by God, Fry replied: “How dare you create in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right.

“It’s , utterly evil.

“Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates which is so full of injustice and pain?”

Questioned on how he would react if he was locked outside the pearly gates, he responded: “I would say, ‘Bone cancer in children? What’s that about?’

“Because the God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac, utter maniac.

“Totally selfish. to spend our life on our knees thanking him? What kind of God would do that?

The childish concept here is that of a ‘personal God’, a patriarchal figure in a place outside of the Universe and that for reasons known only to itself went into a trance at a given point in infinite time and just for fun, decided to create a universe. Maybe it was bored? Who knows but what we can know is that the truth is something we cannot know anymore than we can conceptualize infinity despite it having a time/space structure with which we are familiar. German philosopher Master Eckhart already argued against the personal God concept in the fourteenth century when he wrote, I summarize, that Man is to God as a mirror is to the sun. What became known as indistinguishability. The Universe, not just ‘Man’, and God are one and the same and as pointed out by physicist Paul Davies, God does not have freewill. But we do, that’s the difference, and so to Stephen I would say that if the world is such a terrible place then it’s up to us to do something about it because God can’t.

Blessings.