Do I Believe in God?

Note:  J.X. Mason’s book, Nature’s Path of Continuing Creation, opposes biblical creationism.
We advocate only Natural Continuing Creation, which arises from physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. 

I think that God, the Super-person of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, almost surely does not exist.  I am what Wikipedia defines as an Agnostic Atheist: “Agnostic atheists are atheistic because they do not hold a belief in the existence of any deity, and are agnostic because they claim that the existence of a God or Gods either unknowable in principle or currently unknown in fact.”  

(The 17th century theologian Barach Spinoza argued that God equals Nature, and nothing more than Nature.  Spinoza would have thought that I am a follower of God.  Am I?  Well, I am a follower of G.O.D. — The Growing, Organizing, Direction of the Cosmos.)

But let’s say, for the moment, that a Super-person Creator-God, does exist.  How would He-She-It have accomplished Creation?  

The evidence for Evolution is massive and incontrovertible: Fossil evidence, genetic evidence, and radiocarbon-dating evidence all support the scientific fact of Evolution.

So, if there was/is a supernatural Creator-God, He or She clearly used/uses the laws of physics, chemistry, biology and evolution to make that Creation happen. The simple Bible story about Creation happening in “six days” is just a myth. Life on Earth was created over 3.7 billion years, not within one week.  

Such a Creator would have started out with the Big Bang (“Initial Singularity”), and then quicky created space-time, matter-energy, and the grand unified force (consisting of the strong nuclear force, the weak nuclear force, the electromagnetic force, and probably also the force of gravity). Of course, your author J.X. Mason, thinks it is way more likely that those things came from a prior universe, or from a parallel universe, than from an anthropomorphic super-person sort of God who resides in “heaven.” 

Life on Earth arose from naturally from processes of energy flow, complexity, and evolution. (We have written an Essay on each of them). 

NASA astronomers tell us there are as many as six billion Earth-like planets (and moons) in our Milky Way Galaxy. The geothermal and solar energy-flows on many of those planets and moons will have caused life to arise there.

Since I don’t know what, where, or how the Big Bang originated, I look for my Life’s Meaning and Purpose in things I can perceive in Nature, Science, & History, or which have left molecules, fossils, or written records that I can perceive.

I understand and appreciate the Processes of Natural Continuing Creation: The Growing, Organizing, Direction of the Cosmos.  I describe those Processes in my book, The Path of Continuing Creation.

It is vital to understand that those Natural Processes of Creation are Continuing; they are on-going, as we speak!  Humans (and their computers) have roles in making them happen. 

Your own faith or philosophy may be different from mine. Are you satisfied with it?  If it keeps you honest, peaceable, kind, and useful; and if it inspires you to care for the Earth, then keep it. Life can be hard, and everyone needs a sustaining and constructive Path that works for them.

Our Book, Nature’s Path of Continuing Creation, is based on Nature, Science, and History.

   — J.X. Mason, 9-27-22

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