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So that about wraps it up for God then

Now that the theoretical possibility of making life from scratch has become actual (albeit with a bit of handwaving about cell walls and recipes), that seems to remove another arrow from the quiver of divine qualities. If we can do, then it's not particular to a deity, not a quality of that deity. Now that lightning, birth, death, illness and recovery, gravity etc have all left the divine sphere, all that seems to be left is a load of nebulous qualities that are often so hard to define that their existence is moot anyway. Things like predestiny, omnipresence, souls and other magicks. God is the god of nothing of any import.


May. 21st, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
We've made life?

I suspect that God's big claim as time goes by will be 'first cause'. Until we actually observe or trigger a big bang, that one's going to be hard to get around.
May. 21st, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
I've added a link to the story. It's on the front page of most newspaper today. Given that the first cause, if there is such a thing, is by definition, the current one, outside of space and time, it's difficult to imagine, by me at least, worshipping it. You might as well worship a solar flare or a comet's tail.
May. 21st, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Depends what you mean by 'worship' I suppose. If you think a first cause was in some sense responsible for all that flowed therefrom, including your own life, then it seems reasonable to want to pay it some sort of reverence if you're that way inclined. Painting pictures of it with a white beard and a twinkle in its eye might come to seem a little primitive, though.
May. 21st, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
And if we do trigger a big bang, resolving the question of God may turn out to be of very brief concern.