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God's Debris

So Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, has written this free ebook called God's Debris. I'm about a third of the way through, and it's quite interesting. It's not office humor, or humor of any kind - it's more a Socratic dialogue than anything else, about the nature and existence of God, free will, reality, and other philosophical conundrums. It's clearly written from a humanist perspective, and says some things I disagree with quite strongly, but has also presented some interesting questions.

The crux of the current argument appears to be this:

Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that in the beginning there was God. Omnipotent, omniscient, beyond all human weaknesses and failures. He desires nothing, needs nothing.

What motivates him?

The existence of humanity, he says, proves that *something* motivates God to act - otherwise, we wouldn't exist. Adams presents one thing that might be a challenge to such a being: destroying himself. And wondering what would happen if he did.

Humanity, therefore (and by extension the entire universe), is what was left over from God taking on this single challenge, the only thing that could possibly motivate an omnipotent being to act. We are "God's Debris".

Interesting idea.

Now, from my perspective as a Gnostic and Thelemite, even this is putting way too much anthromorphization on the god-concept. And it still rests on that fundamental idea of a singular omnipotent being, which I heartily disbelieve. But Adams' theory does make the jump to saying that we are all part of the divine, a fundamentally Gnostic idea.


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Nov. 23rd, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
He seems quite specifically to be echoing the theory of tzimtzum, but with destruction replacing contraction.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
An alternative theory, the amnesiac God theory, posits that rather than destroying himself, God gave himself amnesia in order to experience new things that he could not experience while omniscient and omnipotent. These new things include limitation, discovery, and slowly remembering his divine identity. According to this theory, we are all God, or pieces of God, who have forgotten our true identity.

It seems to me like that could be an alternative motivator.
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