Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday Madness

I have, perhaps, a startling confession to make.

I don't believe in God.

I believe in gods - small g - but not God. I do not believe there is an omnipresent, omniscient, all-powerful God. My gods are flawed. They do not know everything. They can't do everything. They're not always paying attention. One of my favorite quotes describes WHY I think of my gods like this.

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"
(this has been attributed to Epicurus, but there's a lot of debate over whether that's correct.)

In the wake of the last two shootings - the one in the Oregon mall, my home state! and the one in Connecticut that killed all the children - this seems like a time for this quote. A benevolent, omnipotent, omniscient God COULD NOT have allowed that to happen. I refuse to believe in a God that would.

There's also the conundrum of, if God created us, then he created evil as well and allowed it. I will not believe in such a God.

My gods are small. I view my gods as facets of the same divine force; I see no issue with praying to Brigid with one breath and Kali with the next. I believe in Pantheism - EVERYTHING is part of the divine force. In a sense, praying to Brigid is praying to myself; focusing my energy, my will, through the lens that is Brigid in order to achieve an end. When I say I hear Cerridwen calling, it not that an entity named Cerridwen is trying to get my attention; it is that I feel myself needing to transform away from the hearth and homemaker I've been and into something new.

I do believe there is a divine force. I do believe in magic. This sets me apart from atheism. But the God of monotheism just angers me.

This rambling brought to you by Facebook drama with family. (I'm in green, my mother is in black.)


  1. I've been reading for a while, but somehow just noticed that you and I share a home-ish along the Chesapeake Bay. Interesting. Also, I feel ya on family drama. I can't talk to half of mine anymore.

    1. Neat! We just moved here in June; when I started the blog we lived in North Carolina. I have not been out to the bay yet, really. I have a friend that walks her dogs along a pedestrian trail there; she says it's really pretty, so I've been intending to make a trip there when we have some free time. Any places in particular you'd recommend seeing?

  2. Most of them, really. Maryland has a phenomenal amount of gorgeous natural beauty and historically significant sites squirreled away hither and yon. I grew up here on the southern peninsula on the western shore, so I'm near the historic civil war camp and the original state capital. major earth energy around here. One of the things that Maryland simply doesn't put enough into is its state park system. Most of them are worth visiting. Oh and Blackwater wildlife refuge over on the Eastern Shore. Local breeding pairs of bald eagles and more waterfowl seasonally than you can shake a stick at. I'd love to wax adoring for a while, actually. I really do love my state. :)