Also, remember, God does have a sense of humor; just look at the platypus.
God, the Universe, and the FSM
To begin this discussion, it's necessary to begin at the beginning. And that means God, in whatever form you perceive Him. Out of habit, I will probably lapse into referring to the Judeo-Christian God, but that perception was only the beginning of my journey.
My breakthrough of sorts was my attempt to define God without relying on the crutch of others' descriptions. the result was the Atheist's definition of God (first articulated in this post):
God is that being, or entity, that exists beyond human perception, definition, and understanding, and whose existence can only be accepted as an article of faith.In coming up with this definition (and watching the movie Dogma with more seriousness than is warranted, and that college class where we looked at the Bible as a work of literature), I began to realize that there were two significant problems with the Judeo-Christian God. First, consistency. He was all pissed in the Old Testament (fire, brimstone, turning people into salt licks), then got all mellow in the New Testament. I know my fellow Christian bloggers are getting ready to explain that Jesus is the reason for the change, but while it was a good change, it seems both arbitrary and late in its timing. Second, He's limited. We ascribe human (flawed) attributes to Him (like the aforementioned gender, or defining him as a Flying Spaghetti Monster), which imposes, to some degree, some level of limitation by the human imagination. And this second one is why I can never be clear in defining God beyond the above definition. So we'll go with what I believe.
I believe that God is both personal and impersonal. I do believe that you can talk to God and get answers (because I have). I believe that, as long as the other tenets of your personal faith teach good and not evil acts toward others (terrorists, Fred Phelps for examples), and your actions match your beliefs, then I cannot honestly question your relationship with God. And I most certainly believe that God is within us, within the world, and beyond it as well. And it is that part of us that is both connected to and is God that makes humanity (and probably aliens too) special.
Of course, I do have a clip that illustrates my point more or less (mostly less)):
As God relates to science, I consider them complementary. In short, I take most things on faith until science provides an explanation. And I never try to confuse the two, lest I need touched by a noodly appendage.
My next post will delve into the nature of humanity.