mark the compost elf wrote:i like this thread
mark the compost elf wrote:Is there a fixed theory that can encompass every thing, or would that merely be ' it is what it is, was and will be'?
mark the compost elf wrote:This topic makes me wonder, how many people on here have sought to clarify their beliefs and understandings, how many just accept what is and how many cautiously skirt round the ideas expressed so they can avoid any form of inner conflict?
Bart wrote: everything is natural, supernatural is just something we don't know.
Physical or metaphysical?
define meta physical. Does it have a body? does a force need a body to do anything? Ask huricane Irene. She had no body, but became very physical.
DaRC wrote:Are the gods conscious or unconscious?
I think there is a great spiritual energy in the universe, let's call it Nature, of which we are all part. To us it is an unconscious God, however there a channels for this energy which I term the Gods and culturally I use the Heathen Gods. I shall use the term Cultural Gods. These are conscious of us.
Natural or supernatural?
dhonour wrote:My answer to all your questions is 'Don't know'.
treegod wrote:dhonour wrote:My answer to all your questions is 'Don't know'.
In all honesty that's my answer too. And if I describe the "gods" I am decribing my opinion of them, not what they are or aren't in reality. For me it's a creative exercise to describe something. I describe the "gods" in psychological and naturalistic ways, that any depiction is symbolic rather than literal. That's just a useful explanation for me to work with, not something by which the gods are defined.
So, aside from "don't know", do you have any theological guesswork that you sometimes use to describe what you think of G/god/ess? Could any of the words above be applied to your experience/explanation of them?
treegod wrote:There are three types of "gods" as I see them: psychological forces or archetypes; forces of nature (fon); and human potential, all of which can be reflected in myth, story, imagination and symbol.
FONs and archetypes are amoral, though they may be represented as either moral or immoral. But I believe that the more developed human consciousness is the more a sense of morality and conscience are developed too.
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