God said to Moses
God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3:13-15
The Magic Of Reality (2012)
Science has its own magic: the magic of reality. Don’t ever be lazy enough, defeatist enough, cowardly enough to say “I don’t understand it so it must be a miracle – it must be that God did it”.
Say instead, “that is a puzzle”, it’s a challenge we should rise to. The proper and brave response to any such challenge is to tackle it head-on. It’s perfectly ok simply to say “this is something we don’t yet understand – but we’re working on it”.
Miracles, magic and myths, they can be fun as long as you don’t confuse them with the truth. The truth is more magical, in the best and most exciting sense of the word, than any myth or made-up mystery. Science has its own magic – the magic of reality.
Richard Dawkins Duke University, 01/03/2012
Committing to a definition of God
If your belief is selfish; no.
If your faith is from fear; get a pair, no.
As a wager on immortality; dishonest, no.
As creator of you in his image; you pompous ass, no.
Nothing sacred in a cup of tea or a falling leaf and no amount of promised enlightenment or mindful smugness provided by a free mindfulness app from the apple store will convince me otherwise.
“By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.” Richard Dawkins: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder (1996)
Weird Sly Kip “on God” one sunny July afternoon at the farm and then again on a snowy April first.
One day we may discover that the universe
is shaped like one infinite question-mark.
a curving, twisting design
with no designer or signer;
the ones who discover this cosmic art-puzzle
will then be filled with wonder
and wish to explore
to investigate further, farther, deeper, wider
until they are left with nothing but the search
closer and closer to simple exquisite
naturally delightful Beauty and discover
it is inseparably
enough. . .
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