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Lloyd Geering: on God

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For me, God referred to the mystery of life that could not be grasped by the human mind. But more recently I have come to realize that God does not name a reality in the cosmos at all. Rather it is a humanly created idea. It belongs to the human thought-world. It is a word by which we have tried to make sense of the physical world we live in.

This idea of God has a long history, which the remarkable scholar and former nun Karen Armstrong has written up as “The History of God”. God is an idea that has played an extremely important role in our evolving culture. It supplied an ultimate point of reference. It was the idea of God as creator and unifier of the universe that led to the rise of modern science, when mediaeval theologians tried to discover what they called ‘the ways of God’ by conducting experiments. It was they who laid the foundations of today’s empirical science.

But we also associated with this idea of God the values of love, compassion, honesty, and truth, because we find these make such moral demands upon us that they clearly transcend us. And though the idea of God had its beginning in our mythological past, it remains a useful word to refer to our highest values. As the New Testament asserts, “God is love”.

Lloyd Geering, 21st May 2017 sermon at the Community of Saint Luke Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and discovered I am autistic at the age of sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

One thought on “Lloyd Geering: on God

  1. I agree with you on every point. I have come to believe that the God or Gods of any belief system is nothing more than a manifestation of our magnificent and mysteriously powerful brain. When Jesus said, as Buddha did, “God is within you.” He meant it literally. There is no separate God, organized religion did that. There is no heaven with streets of gold. There is no hell with lakes of fire. There is only your brain that allows you to think, to imagine, to move beyond yourself and create that which never existed before.

    Once we humans, if we survive our fears, extricate ourselves from the nightmare of organized religion–not spirituality–I fully believe we need that–then and only then will we begin to realize the full extent of what it means to be human.

    I’m so happy to find this blog. Thank you!

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