Naming God


I think that recently I’ve scribbled some fragments that explore the idea that naming God, that is, of creating the construct of God and substantiating it with a name, is the first preservative…the first and most important construct fixing a logical understanding of experienced reality…precisely because the act of naming God signifies humanity’s observation that there is possibly a deeper structure or order to the environment, including us, of which we are only slightly aware, but which we are able to uncover, use, and revere.   This is significant because, though all living creatures process the world and each other to varying degrees, humans are the only species (of which we are aware) that are conscious of the fact that they process the world.  That is, humans are the only species that are consciously aware that there is likely an underlying order, that they are aware of it, and that they are actively processing it both intellectually as abstract concepts and biologically in order to sustain their bodies.  But it is not fathomable to people to assume that the existence of an underlying order to nature, or our ability to be aware of it or process it was not given to us or created for us.  It is not fathomable that such an order or our ability to process it could be a random occurrence, an emergent property of a complex system, or wholly our own and which begins and ends with us.  No, it had to exist before us and be used before us.  It has to be specific to us, and intentionally bestowed upon us.  It had to be designed for us, and it must predate us.  The alternative is more difficult to process!

In summary, this act of naming God is in effect Processing (personified) looking in the mirror at its own reflection…of Processing reflecting upon itself…of Processing ascribing itself first to something beyond itself in order to explain itself to itself (to the extent that humanity’s processing may be considered the metabolism of a higher-order societal organism of which we are but like the cells and mitochondria).

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