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Thread #29796   Message #1943994
Posted By: Captain Ginger
22-Jan-07 - 03:36 AM
Thread Name: What does the word 'God' mean to you?,II
Subject: RE: What does the word 'God' mean to you?,II
Oo-er - another thread with the potential for a lot of shouting, but one which seems to have been conducted in a remarkably civilised fashion.
For me the word 'God' is as much a human construct as 'Money' or 'Government'. God is a manifestation of religion, and we invented religion back in the mists of whenever as a security blanket to comfort us in the face of the unknown - darkness, death, disease and life as a whole.
As an atheist, I'm in accord with Bertrand Russell, who commented: "Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes....A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men."