The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: A few thoughts on the God of the Gaps (warning: theology in progress)« on: October 15, 2014, 05:07:54 pm »
Universalists are pretty cool.
I'm more and more inclined to go with the idea that God is the universe.
That sounds to me like you're saying god exists as a set of physical laws. That seems to both reduce god from godhood (because god would have the same limitations as the physical laws), as well as simply being a semantic substitution for said laws.
When I go deeper (because, oddly enough, I've been re-reading LessWrong's Quantum Physics sequence), the Universe, and everything in it, are amplitudes in configuration space. So what you appear to be saying is that God is a wave function, no more and no less.
The no more and no less is up for debate.
But I tend to agree with the universalists that a God would have to exist OUTSIDE of the rules (and thus the universe), because the universe's rules don't allow omniscience or omnipotence (athough omnipresence would be implied).
Understood. And that's the part that usually throws me. I get the omniscience, because QM doesn't allow for individuality among functions (see: the "it's all the same electron" theory). But the omnipotence... I just don't see it as either evident nor necessary. The way I reason through it, if the universe allowed an occurence outside of the physical laws, then the physical laws, by their very nature of describing the universe, would have to contain that occurence. You can't accurately describe how reality behaves and not be able to allow or describe "miracles".