Theology and Analogy

From: Walter Hicks (
Date: Wed May 29 2002 - 19:32:40 EDT

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    We are fortunate to have a number of theologically oriented folks on
    this list. When the theology is presented along with supporting
    rationale, we can get significant insights. Yet, much of what one sees
    is often supported by the study of ýscholars" --- and scholarship can
    be found to support almost any point of view (from Ultra Conservative to
    ýJesus Seminarţ). That is why I like those who augment their viewpoint
    with the logic --- as George Murphy often does. (No slight intended to
    others ˝ but George just pops to mind as someone from a previous

    I, as a person who spent most of his life as an engineer, have found
    something that is easier for me to deal with ˝ and that is an analogy.
    My favorite is making the analogy between God and His creation to that
    of a Programmer ýcreatingţ artificial intelligence (AIs) for electronic
    minds to place in various types of robots to serve mankind. One can
    ýmake upţ any scenario that parallels any given theological question.

    For example: a recent discussion focused on how God might be omnipotent
    and what that implied. Well, the Programmer is omnipotent with respect
    to the AIs in his simulation. He can do anything that he wishes, but he
    may well want to allow the AIs to have ýfree willţ so that they would be
    more than just simple pre-programmed entities. He could then select
    those AIs that best suited his purpose.

    Anyhow, I have toyed around with this notion for many years and have
    decided that I can satisfy myself with an engineer's explanation of
    almost all theological issues.

    I wonder what otherÝs think about this notion?

    Be kind, you Theologians.


    Walt Hicks <>

    In any consistent theory, there must exist true but not provable statements. (Godel's Theorem)

    You can only find the truth with logic If you have already found the truth without it. (G.K. Chesterton) ===================================

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