After seeing an imaginary exchange about whether or not dogs go to heaven on Snopes, I was playing about on the Church Sign Generator and came up with this:



I’m sure lots of people feel they have an answer to that question but is there an answer that really differs from our reasons for employing the concept of a tooth fairy, Santa Claus, or the Easter bunny. The tooth fairy has become a trick to console our children when faced with the reality of losing their first teeth. The presents that Santa Claus brings have become the carrot we offer our children when we want them to behave and the Easter bunny serves a similar purpose.

Aren’t gods just the grown up’s equivalent of these fairy tales?

If you strip away the veneer and dig beneath the prayers, praise and preaching are you not just left with a concept invented to convince people that if they are well-behaved and do as they are told they will recieve their just reward – i.e. Santa’s pressies or the bunny’s candy? Isn’t it just a way of saying that despite the pain and discomfort, something better is waiting round the corner – or under the pillow?

Life itself is an amazing thing, full of joy, beauty and wonderful things so, despite the hard times that it inevitably brings, why hope for anything more?


2 thoughts on “Why?

  1. Hi Alex,
    I’ll stick my head above the parapet on this one! I’d venture to suggest that there are two different questions in there, and I’ll try to separate them out roughly (and try to do so in a way which does not presume or imply that a belief in God is correct, although as I’ve said on a previous occasion, none of us can be truly objective in these matters).

    Firstly, one might say, to put it broadly, that no one has ever considered and marvelled at themselves, the world and the universe, wondered how and why they came into being, and concluded that they were the work of Santa, the bunny or the fairy. The God hypothesis, if you will (and I always think of Spinal Tap when I say ‘if you will’), is a response to the basic questions of origins and meaning. Profoundly wrong, the wrong side of the theism/atheism divide, many will say. But it’s a response to a search for meaning rather than a response to a search to invent a method of social control or impose a morality.

    Having accepted that idea of the existence of a god, then comes the question of what that god is like – how you discover that or how that god reveals it. That ties in more then to your notes about the way that people use their concept of god, and I think that’s a whole other discussion.

    Best wishes,

  2. I know God does not exist! But you have left me bereft with this post, my glass eye is weeping… no Santa, Easter Bunny, TOOTH FAIRY! NOOOOooooo!!


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