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God’s Emotions 9: A Maker of Gods

Note:  This concludes the series, “God’s Emotions: Why the Biblical God is so Very Human.”  Parts 1-8  are available at this website, Awaypoint.wordpress.com. Man is, and always has been, a maker of gods. It has been the most serious and … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 8: God Cares About What I Care About

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Note:  This is Part Eight in a series, “God’s Emotions: Why the Biblical God is so Very Human.”  Parts 1-7 are available at this website, Awaypoint.wordpress.com. You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 7: The Stepford Jesus (Love and Narcissism)

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Note:  This is Part Seven in a series, “God’s Emotions: Why the Biblical God is so Very Human.”  Parts 1-6 are available at this website or at http://www.awaypoint.wordpress.com. I am human and I need to be loved, just like everybody … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 6: Pleasing a High Status Deity (Supplication, Adulation, and Subservience)

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Note:  This is Part Six in a series, “God’s Emotions: Why the Biblical God is so Very Human.”  Parts 1-5 are available at http://www.awaypoint.wordpress.com. Imam Muhammed Baquir is said to have related this illustrative fable:  “Finding I could speak the … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 5: A God with a Temper

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[Wicked men] are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, that is expressed in the torments of hell. And the reason why they do not go down to hell at each moment, is not because … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 4 – What are Emotions Anyways?

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The basic point I am making is that, in humans, emotions are neither a liability nor some superfluous fluff like the wings on an angel. They are practical mental processes that serve a purpose. And since the God of the Bible is described as having emotions, this fact alone raises some interesting questions. What exactly are emotions? How do they work? What are they for? And how do these details relate to our notions about God? Continue reading

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God’s Emotions 3: Do Christians Really Think that God Has Emotions?

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God is interesting only if he is knowable and has “hedonic relevance.” By hedonic relevance I mean that by understanding or pleasing God I can make my life better or worse. If God is defined at a level of abstraction sufficient to satisfy many scientists, philosophers, and even theologians, he becomes immediately uninteresting to most believers.
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