[ExI] samantha vs singularity debate
thespike at satx.rr.com
Wed Sep 15 22:54:39 UTC 2010
On 9/15/2010 5:41 PM, Gregory Jones wrote:
> Richard Rice,... The Openness of God. ...
> He argued in that book that god really isn't infinite, that he has a
> life, he watches and learns stuff, a little like we do only better, that
> he really can't do anything he wants.
As Norman Mailer wrote (and I borrowed this as the main epigraph of THE
JUDAS MANDALA , with pretty much the same time-looping
god-at-the-end-of-time that Spike posits in his gedankenexperiment):
"But once I think of an imperfect God, I can begin to imagine a Being
greater than ourselves, who nonetheless shares his instinctive logic
with us: We as men seek to grow, so He seeks to grow; even as we each
have a conception of being—my conception of being, my idea of how we
should live, may triumph over yours, or yours over mine—so, in parallel,
this God may be engaged in a similar war in the universe with other
gods. We may even be the embodiment, the partial expression of his
vision. If we fail, He fails too. He is imperfect in the way we are
imperfect. He is not always as brave or extraordinary or as graceful as
He might care to be.
In capsule: There are times when He has to exploit us; there are times
when we have to exploit Him; there are times when He has to drive us
beyond our own natural depth because He needs us—those of us, at least,
who are working for Him:
We have yet to talk of the Devil."
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