Thursday, January 29, 2009

Shorter Andrew Sullivan Commenter

Unnamed commenter to Daily Dish, "Spaghetti Monsters, ctd."

  • Hey Andrew, long time reader, first time e-mailer. I can't believe people don't recognize that god is kittens, ponies, rainbows, and a warm feeling in the tummy. I defy anyone to say the same of the Flying Spaghetti Monster!



If it is true that
it's the "consequences" of God -- moral compunction, cultural taboo, social phenomena that amount to a de facto eschatology, etc. -- that actually constitute theism ...
then god is nothing but impulses and social norms for which twaddle-free, reality-based explanations exist. And there is either an eschatology or an illusion of an eschatology; a "de facto eschatology" doesn't make sense unless it is a different label for "illusion of eschatology." No one is denying the presence of illusions.

Further,
if belief in God is merely a testament to humanity's desire to believe ...
in morality, justice, and other high ideals, then the Flying Spaghetti Monster can do equally well since belief is nothing more than a reification: that X is a testament to humanity's desire to believe requires only that X embodies that which people desire to believe. The Flying Spaghetti Monster embodies morality, justice, and other high ideals at least as well as the leading gods.

'Shorter' concept lovingly borrowed from Sadly, No!

2 comments:

Lirone said...

Personally I find consuming the holy pasta leaves me with a very warm and satisfied feeling in the tummy...

Dale said...

Sing it, Lirone! Praise be!