The unitary God of the Israelites after their Egyptian bondage, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of kings Solomon, Saul and David, so also of the Great Prophet M., and of J.C. of Nazareth, is not dead, not by a long shot. This self-same God has held many in variable thralls of love, terror, reverence, repentance, covenant, dispensation, fealty, bravery, humility and submission ever since Emperor Constantine held those great meetings. Like the one in Nicenaea that lent us the creed recited in so many Christian churches weekly. The conclaves were held to settle the truly thorny issues like monotheism/polytheism among 4th Century (Common Era) Roman subjects just as the religion was being consolidated as the state’s. Today, I can’t even remember the name of the losing party that held tenaciously to his by then I guess outmoded belief in one single solitary god. He’s not famous anyway. As it has in every successful political decision ever rendered, a great compromise was struck, to honor three-in-one. That compromise held as the theologians worked out the kinks right through the dark ages, past the Reformation (and the rest of the Renaissance era in a Monty Python “wink-wink” sort of way), and down to us in the scientific era.
I wrote way back in June 2008 of my own personal beliefs in “How God Exists” in the human psyche, and how I believe it got in there in the first place; though most people would agree it is not proper to foist those personal beliefs on anyone else in the world who may read this comment. So I won’t link to it directly; you can ask me by private message or in the comments below if you think you’d like a link (for crying out loud, just google my name with “how god exists”…it’ll be there 3 or 4 entries down…and, I’m not sure why “Paul Suckow” the Villanueva business professor comes up ahead of me on this!)… But I do like the advice of a dear stats prof of mine who sadly got sick and left for home in Nigeria: “Each person should read widely!” Come up with a personal best solution that fits the data and its chain of truth, sits well with your own headdome and heartstrings and most allows you to be charitable in dealing with others.
Far be it from any of us to discount the deepest feelings held by another. Especially where these feelings have been so deepened by sectarian bloodshed over the millennia (which sadly continues in Nigeria and elsewhere today). Regardless of their cosmic veracity, all such beliefs matter a great deal. From them, a religion of the future is being worked on right now on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. I pray they may all continue to eek out a touch more good than evil in the world around us. Same wish goes for the sciences by the way.