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    God as a big bad scary sky boss with a harem

    Interesting article:

    Is God a silverback?: Protective, omnipotent, scary and very territorial. The monotheistic God is modelled on a harem-keeping alpha male

    From the article:

    Not everyone buys into a sky-god with a long white beard, a serious and all-knowing mien, capable of rewarding good behaviour and punishing bad. But it doesn’t take much imagination to recognise that God, as worshipped in most of the world, is remarkably humanoid, widely perceived as a great, big, scary, wilful, yet nourishing and protective guy… in short, a silverback gorilla writ large.
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    Re: God as a big bad scary sky boss with a harem

    Are you trying to disparage all silverbacks?

    I imagine some silverbacks might disagree.
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    Re: God as a big bad scary sky boss with a harem

    Maybe he was Harimbe, and they shot him.

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    I never liked the idea of humans making god human. It shows the limits of their myth telling.
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    Re: God as a big bad scary sky boss with a harem

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    I never liked the idea of humans making god human. It shows the limits of their myth telling.
    He made for a moderately entertaining lion though. Granted he's more entertaining if we ignore the last book in that series.
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    Re: God as a big bad scary sky boss with a harem

    So my brother (the theologian) once gave me as a gift the Narnia series. He actually also gave me the Winnie the Pooh books as a kid. I had no idea Aslan was god etc etc. I totally fell in love with talking animals and that led me to my path of SATAN! lol.
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    Re: God as a big bad scary sky boss with a harem

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    So my brother (the theologian) once gave me as a gift the Narnia series. He actually also gave me the Winnie the Pooh books as a kid. I had no idea Aslan was god etc etc. I totally fell in love with talking animals and that led me to my path of SATAN! lol.
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    Re: God as a big bad scary sky boss with a harem

    I believe that "making gods human" is just our way of connecting to them. I recognize that most any definition limits a thing but at the same time if we recognize that the limitations are our own and not the deity's then we can interact within our limited knowledge of them and still not place limitations on them.
    It might also be that because my concept of deity is that we are meant to act in a partnership with them rather than stand in awe and worship. I believe they enjoy the interaction more than worship. There is still a reverence in place but it does not get in the way of being friends.

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    Re: God as a big bad scary sky boss with a harem

    Quote Originally Posted by DragonsFriend View Post
    I believe that "making gods human" is just our way of connecting to them. I recognize that most any definition limits a thing but at the same time if we recognize that the limitations are our own and not the deity's then we can interact within our limited knowledge of them and still not place limitations on them.
    It might also be that because my concept of deity is that we are meant to act in a partnership with them rather than stand in awe and worship. I believe they enjoy the interaction more than worship. There is still a reverence in place but it does not get in the way of being friends.
    See, this sounds sane. As a Catholic(and only speaking from my own experience but it's probably more than me) nuns are to marry their 'husband' and girls are to listen to their 'father'.

    Like God is a male to us and we are to act in accordance with that as we are to do all males. And all other kinds of gender bullsheets.
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    Re: God as a big bad scary sky boss with a harem

    Well, for what it's worth I was raised Catholic and went to school in a Catholic grade school. A lot of what my brothers and sisters learned managed to go over my head. I learned that love was the lesson of the faith instead of the fear and guilt that my siblings learned. It wasn't until I was sixteen or so that my eyes opened up to the "dark side" of Christianity represented. I "officially" left the church in 1972 by filing the proper paperwork but I had not practiced the faith since 1967 when I left home. That was a rough two years for me because I had no contact with my family and I was living on the street.
    Sorry - I got distracted, At least the Catholics have a female close to God in the "virgin" Mary, the mother of Jesus. Even in grade school we were taught that Jesus "could not refuse a request from his mother". A idea that was planted by the "first miracle" of changing water into wine.
    The concept of a male and female deity was easily acceptable to me and that the feminine was the stronger of the two was, at first, an easy point as well. It wasn't until I found myself without the ability to begin a new group without a high priestess that I realized that a more balanced relationship was needed.

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