I have an interesting challenge for Theism. Theism asserts that God is a personality. It is thought that God is an intelligent, willful, eternally existing mind. An unembodied mind. Well, what if I wanted to challenge this by presenting a different alternative? By presenting a different alternative I will avoid using the word God. If God is a personality, I will counter that by saying that an alternative to God could be an impersonal force that only computes. Yes, instead of God, maybe there is a force that acts as the ultimate supercomputer. It isn’t a conscious thinking being. It does not possess a personality. It only computes. It only calculates. If it is thought that God as a personality can exist uncaused then why not something akin to an ultimate supercomputing force? An impersonal eternally existing supercomputing force? Food for thought. By the way, I’m not saying that this is what I think. As an Atheist I simply make it clear that I do not know what exists beyond our universe, if anything?

2 thoughts on “An Alternative To Theism?

  1. Seems a somewhat pointless concept to me, though no doubt it might be appealing to some. It seems too cold and heartless, and it doesn’t solve the argument about how much this force does or does not control or direct the physical realm. If it can influence the physical realm, how would it do that? Could there be more than one supernatural supercomputing force? Do they oppose each other. I think every problem raised about the existence of deities could also be raised about about this computing force.

    I prefer an alternative. For many religious folk, God, or any deity for that matter, is a metaphor for whatever they experience as being divine. Of course, then the question of what is meant by “divine” must be asked. It doesn’t need to be supernatural. It doesn’t have to be anything apart from a personal feeling or experience. In other words it’s something that arises from with a person.

    This concept is quite common among Quakers and Buddhists, and with a large section of the mainline Christian communities here in Aotearoa New Zealand. I suspect it’s much the same in the United Kingdom and much of Western Europe.

    I suppose technically they are religious atheists, although most would deny it, and value their association with their religious community. What they are doing is reinventing God or the divine as a non-supernatural idea. Personally, I find the idea of God/divinity changing with time rather appealing.

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    1. It kind of is a pointless concept other than my implicit intention to demonstrate that one would be hard pressed to make a judgement as to whether a God with a personality governs the universe or whether an impersonal force that computes, sort of like a robot or computer, is responsible? Who is to say that one is more desirable or more apt to be true than its alternative? All we need is a universe such as our own to arise. Although, just to be clear I agree that both Theism and this alternative that I have presented are both still highly problematic in addressing what could be ultimately true.

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