your god is too small: book review

I really don’t know whether to be ad that I wasted my time or happy that there is nothing in this book worth writing home about, which is the same thing really. J.B Philips audience must be Christian. His goal is to tell us why the gods many people believe in are too small or rather, he means to say people believe in the wrong god and he has the right god worked out. Here is a list of the wrong gods you may have believed in and that is why you are godless

  1. Resident policeman- you believed god was watching your every move. Wrong god
  2. Parental hangover- your parents were horrible, you think god is horrible. Wrong god
  3. Grand old man- everyone you respected was older than you. You think god is an old man in the sky. He is actually very young. Wrong god
  4. Meek and mild- you have had this said about Jesus. He was kickass. wrong god
  5. Absolute perfection- you were told go yea be perfect. You think god is perfect, it may not be the case. Wrong god
  6. Heavenly bosom. You read in the bible you can take your problems to the lord and think that is what god is. You are wrong. Deal with your shit
  7. God in a box. You were catholic and believed the only true god is the catholic god. You were wrong
  8. Managing director- you think because the universe is vast, god can’t know when you jerk off. Wrong god
  9. Second hand god-your idea of god is given through works of fiction. Too bad
  10. Perennial grievance- god has disappointed you once and this is what you think of god. Wrong god
  11. Pale Galilean- do I need say more
  12. Projected image- self explanatory
  13. God in a hurry- he wanted you yesterday. Wrong. He is a patient god
  14. God for the elite- you think god is for the saints and mystcis. Wrong god
  15. God of Bethel- Your god is god of the OT. Wrong god
  16. God without godhead- the kind of god Hart believes in. Ground of being kind of god. Wrong god
  17. Gods by any other name- you worship money, your wife/ husband. Here I would add that he claims man is a worshiping animal. Last I checked, we are social animals.

And I know you have been waiting for the real god all this time. It is Jesus. God become man and so on, died on a cross and resurrected kind of thing. To say this is a bad book, in my view, would be an understatement of the century. If you set out to tell us what the true god is, believing our conceptions of god are all wrong, I think you should do better than telling us this god is represented in Jesus. Your god is too small [pdf]

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Quotable quotes

I rarely quote from the American founding fathers. I am going to do that today because these are too good not be shared. They are from speeches by Jefferson and quoted by Joseph Lewis.

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must approve the homage of reason rather than of blindfolded fear. Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences. If it end in a belief that there is no God, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise and in the love of others it will procure for you

and elsewhere

I consider the Government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from meddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, disciplines, or exercises. But it is only proposed that I should recommend, not prescribe a day of fasting and praying. That is, I should indirectly assume to the United States an authority over religious exercise, which the Constitution has directly precluded them from. Every one must act according to the dictates of his reason and mine tells me that civil powers alone have been given to the President, and no authority to direct the religious exercises of his constituents

on Jesus he said

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classified with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.

god, science, evolution

Does science disprove god? so the question gets asked.

Most who are scientifically minded quickly say no. They quickly add science is not in the business of god and accommodationists argue science and religion occupy different magestria.

But is this really the case or is this about modesty?

Take for example the case of evolution. If evolution is fact, Genesis 1 is disproved and this is a case of science disproving god. I may add here, for the benefit of my critique, that the theist could argue that it is their god that put the mechanism for evolution in place. This could be the case but they will have to choose whether such a god is beneficent or omnipotent.

In the same scenario, does an old universe disprove god? I think it does. And more still, whereas both the theist and atheist are ignorant of whether the universe is self existing or created, the atheist can say that so far as we know, all manifestations in nature (that is phenomena) need no supernatural push and to this extent science has shown no divine agency is necessary.

But one may ask about the nature of things in themselves and whether there is an Unknowable something beyond it all. Here, the theist may argue that at the beyond phenomena, in the dark areas where human knowledge can’t penetrate, there, their god resides. The atheist will argue from the indestructibility of matter and persistence of force, lies the source of all things. Since this is beyond all possible experience, conceding this to the theist gives them no advantage over the atheist.

In conclusion, in the area of experience, which is, in my view, the purview of science, it has been demonstrated there is no god, whatever they are conceived to be, but beyond the level of experience, everyone, atheist and theist alike are free to speculate all they want. Each must however remember that to think something could be, does not translate to it being.