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I was raised as Christian and attended a Methodist church where god was described as having anthropomorphic features.  For example, Michelangelo’s famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome portrays God as being a kindly old man with a long white beard (Solomon, 2010).   Growing up, I was raised to believe the concept of monotheism, meaning that there is only one God, not several. However, these conceptions of God have changed dramatically throughout the past two thousand years and even within the Bible (Solomon, 2010).

Similarly, my view of God has changed throughout my life, shifting away from the one anthropomorphic image presented to me as child.  Today, my view is more aligned with the theories that God is immanent or an unknown object of faith.  For example, some describe this as God is not outside of us or distinct from the universe (Solomon, 2010).  Like Kierkegaad, I believe God is a divine presence that simply exists without proof or our understanding.  I was surprised to learn that my view is actually fairly aligned with Hinduism.  For example, I believe God can take many forms and it not constrained to Michelangelo’s image or anthropomorphic features such as gender. 

Additionally, my views on religion have also changed in that I believe modern religion is more about society’s conformance to a specific belief than the actual belief in God itself.  Therefore, I believe in god, but do not believe attending church is requirement for my faith.  This is similar to the Kierkegaad’s view of what he called “Chistendom” (Solomon, 2010). 

In conclusion, I believe my beliefs are now more similar to pantheism.  Similar to the scrutiny that the seventeenth-century Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza received, some may perceive my view as atheism.  However, I’d argue that it is more agnostic because I believe in some form of God, just not a specific one. 

Reference:

Solomon, R. C. (2010). The big questions: A Short Introduction to Philosophy (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. 

Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2009 12:10 AM Life | Back to top


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