Then GdB asks in post # 59: “Your asteroidal creator created all life but it did not create the earth and the stars. So is it god?” That fairly begs the tail to wag the dog, suggesting that there is a range of acceptable definitions for “god,” such that a definition that falls outside those parameters is unacceptable: on what basis?
Can you explain? If the question for god makes any sense, there must be acceptable definitions. If it is impossible, then of course the question does not make any sense.
And BTW, I forgot one possibility. Assume:
- we discover the natural cause of the big bang
- we discover that an asteriod brought life to earth
- we discover aliens did everything that seems to be done by god historically in the bible (Moses and the mountain, Ezechiel, Jesus etc)
i.e. we have different natural explanations for all the separate aspects attributed to god. What then? We are not agnostics anymore. Or are we still because we did not find Vishnu? Would the Christians be content? (OK god did this, but not that…)
So where are we?