Defining “GOD”

Front cover of Eric Bright’s book called Defining “GOD”The book I have worked on for the past three years is finally finished and ready for order. You can find it here.

It was a journey! From start to finish, everything is done by myself and my partner (she created the gorgeous cover and the logo for Bright Press. She also proofread the book for me).

A similar work has always been on my mind for many years. With ignosticism turning to my main focus for the past three years, I found myself in need of a reference framework for the concepts discussed in ignosticism. However, there were none. Nothing philosophical enough at least.

The fact that the term “god” has never been seriously defined is astonishing. Everyone talks about it and nearly no one actually knows what they mean by it. An interesting neglect I should say!

To me, it is not much different from the myth of an apple and Isaac Newton. Objects had fallen to the ground forever, but no one actually gave it enough attention. No serious discussion had ever been put forward by thinkers. Until “GOD” said: “Let there be Newton. And there was light!”

Obviously I am no Newton. But, the problem I face is similar in many ways to the problem that He faced: There is something around us to which no one pays enough, if any, attention: What do you mean by “god”?

People are killed in the name of gods. Villages and all of its inhabitants have been eradicated in the name of gods. Wars have been waged in the name of gods. People have been loosing their minds in the name of gods. Children have been molested in Churches by the agents of gods. Women and children have been enslaved and sold in markets in the name of gods and by the parties of gods. The landscape in belong horrific by all measures. But, it seems that no one cares to tell us what they mean but the term “god.”

In this philosophical investigation of the term, I attempted to walk with my imaginary reader through the thorns and bushes of coming up with acceptable definitions for the term. In doing so, I picked up the most common definitions to put under a microscope. Together with my reader, I wanted to go a step further and to see how, in principle, one can define terms. Then tested all the possible ways the term “god” can ever been defined, categorically.

The insight that emerged at the end even surprised myself. When I started this project, I was not expecting to get logically conclusive results at the end. I went along with it and let logic and evidence take me to the destination that was necessitated by them. The destination had a breathtaking view!

I invite you to read the book and, please, let me know what you think of it. I would be indebted to you if you can find flaws and errors in it that could be fixed. I hope you will find it a short and delightful reading.

Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2015) Defining “GOD”. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2015/02/defining-god/
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