Saturday, 17 March 2012

Fear Of God

It occurs to me that my previous definition of coercion has an interesting theological implication: any interaction with God must be entirely and infinitely coercive.

This is intuitively plausible: to a rational mind, infinite power begets infinite fear. The undeniable existence of God's infinite love might assuage that fear, but any doubt whatsoever would bring the fear back in full force. Given the seemingly endless causes of doubt in this world, from toothache to the threat of nuclear war, I think terror is an appropriate response (perhaps the only appropriate response) for anybody who seriously believes that an omnipotent God exists - and, worse still, is interested in them.

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