Subjects — G
If there is a God, he’s a great mathematician.
Even the gods love a joke.
The gods have two ways of dealing harshly with us — the first is to deny us our dreams, and the second is to grant them.
I think there are innumerable gods. What we on earth call God is a little tribal God who has made an awful mess. Certainly forces operating through human consciousness control events.
To count oneself as an atheist one need not claim to have a proof that no gods exist. One need merely think that the evidence on the god question is in about the same state as the evidence on the werewolf question.
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods.
They kill us for their sport.
— King Lear, act 4, scene 1, Gloucester
Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can.
The computer programmer is a creator of universes for which he alone is responsible. Universes of virtually unlimited complexity can be created in the form of computer programs.
— Computer Power and Human Reason
Jehovah, it seems clear, was once regarded as a devoted son the the Great Goddess, who obeyed her in all things and by her favor swallowed up a number of variously named rival gods and godlings — the Terebinth-god, the Thunder-god, the Pomegranate-god, the Bull-god, the Goat-god, the Antelope-god, the Calf-god, the Porpoise-god, the Ram-god, the Ass-god, the Barley-god, the god of Healing, the Moon-god, the god of the Dog-star, the Sun-god. Later (if it is permitted to write in this style) he did exactly what his Roman counterpart, Capitoline Jove, has done: he formed a supernal Trinity in conjunction with two of the Goddess’s three persons, namely, Anatha of the Lions and Ashima of the Doves, the counterparts of Juno and Minerva; the remaining person, a sort of Hecate named Sheol, retiring to rule the infernal regions.
— King Jesus: A Novel, p. 5, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1981, [Originally published in 1946.]
My solution to the problem of Jesus’s nativity implies a rejection of the mystical Virgin Birth doctrine, which no longer has the same force in religious polemics as it had in Justin’s day; to the mass of people nowadays the choice is between a Jesus born in the ordinary course of nature and one as mythical as Perseus and Prometheus.
— King Jesus: A Novel, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1981, [From the back cover of the 1981 edition. Originally published in 1946.]