When a manipulative writer or interpreter…wa…

The writer thinks…I don’t want to use “the absolutely top hypothetical, unprovable, undefinable fantasy thingy…”…but I want a word that means the same thing…Greatest Fairy?…Maybe…Pre-Eminent Genie?…Possibly…Grand Wizard?…Just dunno…

So he tried a few examples to see how it felt:

  • In the beginning the Greatest Fairy created the heavens and the earth…
  • In the beginning the
    Pre-Eminent Genie

    created the heavens and the earth…

  • In the beginning the

    Grand Wizard

    created the heavens and the earth…

They all just didn’t convey the gravitas desired…And just wouldn’t trigger the required reaction…

So the writer chose elohiym…But even that word would not work on European readers…so interpreters variously interpreted

(Strong’s 0430)…God 2103,
gods 205, God’s 67, prophet 51, god 44, he 18, him 9, divine 7, Lord 6,
his 4, judges 4, He 4, prophet’s 4, Prophet 3, God-fearing 2, God-given
2, ephod 2, goddess 2, godlike 2, mighty 2, you 2, I 1, idols 1,
prophetic 1, supernatural being 1, supernatural 1, shrine 1, Lord’s 1,
heavenly beings 1, enormous 1, has 1, heavenly assembly 1, desperate 1,
changed 1, deity 1, ark 1 Count:2606…With the definition:1) (plural
1a) rulers, judges
  1b) divine ones  1c) angels 
1d) gods
2) (plural intensive – singular meaning) 
2a) god, goddess  2b) godlike one  2c) works or special possessions of God 
2d) the (true) God
   2e) God plural of 433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically
used (in the plural
thus, especially with the article) of the
supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to
magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:-angels, X
exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X

AC Grayling has made it his mission to show why people have as little
reason to believe in a deity as they do in the Tooth Fairy. Justin
Brierley meets the atheist professor who believes he has seen the future
– and God’s not part of it.

According to AC Grayling,
talking about God is the equivalent of talking about fairies or goblins.
It’s the reason he doesn’t like to use the word ‘atheist’ to describe
himself. ‘Call me an “a-fairyist” or an “a-goblinist”,’ he says,
‘because to me it’s the same argument.’

Grayling makes no apology for disparaging
‘fundamentalist’ forms of religion, which he describes as ‘mass

Grayling stops short of calling for an
outright ban on evangelism, but he contends that religion
often brainwashes the young before they have the opportunity to develop
their own critical thinking.

So, would he like to see an end to
religion? ‘In the ideal – yes,’ he responds candidly, ‘but one
is pragmatic enough to realize that it will, at the very least, take a
long time.’

If Grayling has faith of any sort it is probably most clearly
illustrated in this optimism (which some might call naïve) that the
world will, after ditching religion, be inclined to work together in a
brotherhood-of-man style humanist enterprise.

philosopher himself believes that all arguments for God can be reduced
to the logical absurdity of arguing for the existence of the Tooth Fairy
or Santa Claus.

…where theologians invoke God, Grayling simply invokes ‘Fred’. It’s an
intentionally absurd response. ‘You do nothing at all by postulating a
necessary being,’ he insists. ‘I use the name Fred to show the
explanatory nullity of it. We don’t know how the universe began. To go
to the idea of a supreme artificer doesn’t explain anything.’

when asked why there is anything at all, Grayling dismisses the
question as meaningless. Our ingrained religious instincts are leading
us down the wrong path, he explains. ‘It is a question that comes
from our psychological yearning for narrative structure. Why can’t
the universe be its own creator, its own explanation?’

Grayling offers an analogy for why things may look designed
when in fact they are the result of a series of unplanned events.
‘It’s rather like the fact that my grandparents caught that train, went
into that particular café and encountered each other. But I don’t
assume that my grandparents were doing that to ensure that some years
later I would be born.’

casts himself as the patient voice of wisdom, waiting for the
immaturity of religious belief to inevitably surrender to the march
of secular reason…”  https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2014/June-2014/The-Sceptic-Why-God-is-a-fairy-tale


“The story of Cinderella is a very popular fairy tale.
While a girl called Cinderella may have existed, the fairy in the story
did not. The fairy is a fictional character, which was later added to
the story in order to make it more appealing. That worked, and the story
caught on.

For an atheist, religious stories (as recorded in the Bible or
other scripture) are just the same. These stories were maybe based on
some true events. They were then later embellished
with miracles, spirits, and gods. The gods in these stories are just
like the good fairy in the Cinderella tale: they are fictional additions
to the story. They are magical characters invented by people, and added
to historical tales. These stories have been passed on through the
generations, and were recorded in books and oral traditions. However,
that does not make these stories true. In particular, this does not pop
the gods into existence — just like fairies, magic animals, unicorns and
other products of human imagination do not exist in reality either.

Let us make this more concrete: When we read the story of
Cinderella, we are pulled into the story. We are eager to learn what
happens, we feel with the main character, and we are excited when the
good fairy steps in to give her the dress. However, when we close the
book, the good fairy is gone. When we look around, there is no fairy.
Only children believe that the fairy is really there.

Atheists hold that it is the same with supernatural characters.
Gods are heroes and sometimes villains in the books. The stories are
inspiring, exciting, and sometimes enlightening. Yet, when we close the
book, the characters are gone. They do not exist in reality. They are
legendary beings. God is imaginary…” https://suchanek.name/texts/atheism/ChapterGods.html