|First of all . . .
||[May. 25th, 2016|03:37 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
I'm not seriously arguing for Smith’s Deistic Uncertainty Theorem. It's something that occurred to me the night before a paper was due in a class I had to take. I'm not even claiming originality; it just made me chuckle when I thought of it.
You are absolutely right about the word "God;" it has more baggage than Hillary Clinton and can mean damn near anything, given the context. I might be simply calling G.O.D. by another name, but what is G.O.D. for the sake of discussion? That's what I meant in another comment when I said that you need to define God before you can debate its existence. I'm sure I've missed something, having come late to the theist/atheist debate movie, but whenever I mention this, it draws a resounding silence---no comment. I never know if the unspoken comment is, "Yeah, well, duh, dumbass, God was defined prior to the Hindenburg/Töttenhörkur debates of 1904, everybody knows that!" Or if it's just something we don't talk about in professional theist/atheist debate circles---one of those "see-through" elephants we're so fond of.
I jokingly likened theist/atheist debate to Kabuki theater, but it's really not as different as maybe it ought to be. There are rigors and protocols and the rules of formal debate and of classical logic and a long history of who's trounced whom---the trounced often failing to perceive their entrouncement. I watched and listened to a lot of it when I first started paying attention to the interwebs, but I came to the conclusion that it was over and had been for some time. The whole exercise is a barking dog at the end of it's chain. Theist/atheist debates these days are primarily reenactments, like a Kabuki drama or a four hundred year-old Shakespeare play. Everyone knows how it will turn out, but there's an art to the performance of it and the "professionals" are revered for their mastery of that art, witness Thomas's fanboy reaction to Sean Carroll's appearance in the following episode . . .
But I digress and run of at the mouth and repeat myself and . . .