Archive for the ‘God’s Character’ Category

Perhaps God isn’t perfect

December 18, 2010

People often say, “If there’s a God, why does he let bad things happen?” We expect God to be perfect, but if we’re made in God’s image, then perhaps God isn’t perfect. And that’s OK. But I also believe that partly we are God. We are part of God and God is something that’s in us and all around us.

Sinead O’Connor

Or perhaps you’ve made a god in your own image Ms. O’ Connor?

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George Eliot’s Deconversion

July 25, 2009

In 1838, aged 19, George Eliot wrote to her evangelical governess about her hero Wilberforce and prayed: “Oh that I might be made as useful in my lowly and obscure station as he was in the exalted one assigned to him.”

In another letter she confessed that she would not be sorry if the only music she ever heard again was the music of church worship.

Three years later she rejected Christianity in a conversion which was almost as cataclymic as those which had brought others to vital religion…Her overriding objection to it was that by emphasising the will and acts of an omnipotent deity, it extinguished the possibilities of human love and service…(she went on) ‘trying to lead a selfless and moral life without divine assistance.

Ian Bradley, The Call to Seriousness, p.19