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To Search for God is to Insult God

Bram Adams
Bram Adams
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“To search for God is to insult God.” This implies that God is always present and any search for him is a refusal of this fact. A surgeon friend of mine likes to say, “Don’t fix what isn’t broken.” It is only an extension of that to say, “Don’t search for that which is already at hand.” But we are westerners and have to search in order to learn that there is no search. (Location 594)

This always struck me as a parochial type argument. If God is in everything, is he not included in the everything that makes everything everything? Doing so would imply that someone had to design the designer, leading to a "turtles all the way down type argument", which is hardly satisfying or provable.

In fact, turtles all the way down is terrifying to imagine. I once had a fever dream where I was dealing with the concept of recursion, and I couldn't escape. I was trapped in a dead end loop, and each iteration crushed me more and more under the weight of the recursion.

It felt like this:

Anyway, back to the topic at hand of searching for God. Perhaps these ideas can help:

Fate / Zero 13 — Ryuunosuke’s Theology
Damn. That was awesome. What a way to go out with a bang! I think the main thing that made this episode so great was that there was hardly any Saber and Irisviel. It was all Caster and Ryuunosuke, …
There is, my friend, only a knowledge—that is everywhere, that is Atman, that is in me and you and in every creature, and I am beginning to believe that this knowledge has no worse enemy than the man of knowledge, than learning.” (Location 176)

Looking directly at the sun is a sure way to go blind


Bram Adams

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