Is believing in God the same as believing in unicorns?

I see this quite often, that people say that believing in God is the same as believing in unicorns.

Well, it is:

"God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn."

(Numbers 23:22, King James Bible)


Behold the Abrahamic God, with all the masculine strength a unicorn!



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Comment by Heather Spoonheim on June 1, 2011 at 5:31pm
Unicorns, at least, are the sort of thing for which one might eventually uncover evidence.  The idea of an extinct species that we have yet to discover is not much of a stretch; the pants worn by that pink Yahweh, however, are too much of a stretch.
Comment by Asma Anonymous on June 1, 2011 at 5:40pm

"God" is a far greater concept than unicorns.


It was Plato who first recorded this concept in philosophy.


"Plato describes "The Form of the Good" (τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ ἰδέαν) in his dialogue, the Republic, speaking through the character of Socrates. The Sun is described in a simile as the child or offspring (ἔκγονοςekgonos) of the Form of the Good (508c-509a), in that, like the sun which makes physical objects visible and generates life on earth, the Good makes all other universals intelligible, and in some sense provides being to all other Forms, though the Good itself exceeds being.[1] It is an absolute measure of justice. Plato also explains his theory of justice in the Republic, in relation to his conception of a city in speech, both of which necessitate rule of the rational mind; in other words, philosopher-kings, who can grasp the Form of the Good."

Comment by Arcus on June 1, 2011 at 5:41pm
Scripture first, God second - like any good Christian. ;)
Comment by AntiChristianLeague on June 1, 2011 at 5:49pm

Unicorns have a widely recognized appearance; The horse-like creature with a single horn growing from it's forehead. There are actual unicorns, but they are just genetic anomalies.


God, on the other hand, has neither an objectively recognized "image" if you will, and even less of a possibility of existing in any way at all.

Comment by IEatDinosaurMeat on June 1, 2011 at 6:34pm
If I have an ant farm, and I provide their world, their food, their water, and protection... does that make me their god?
Comment by Asma Anonymous on June 1, 2011 at 7:23pm
Only if you create the ant farm from thin air, and decide the fate of every ant without ever interfering with their perception of free will.
Comment by IEatDinosaurMeat on June 1, 2011 at 7:32pm
But ants can't walk on air, and if I determine their fate then give them the illusion of free will I'm a liar.
Comment by Rene Guzman on June 1, 2011 at 8:11pm
If only we acted a little bit more like ants. Provide all you want, god or no god, stick your hand in their ant hill, farm, dirt or whatever they live in, they are gonna bite!
Comment by Asma Anonymous on June 1, 2011 at 8:16pm
Not if time doesn't exist for you and the fate you determine is the result of their free will.
Comment by IEatDinosaurMeat on June 1, 2011 at 8:57pm

@Rene if they didn't bite every huge thing that came near their home they would probably not last very long.

@Asma So knowing and causing of all events occurring, having occurred or that will occur all simultaneously as the result of free will all determined because it all occurred at the same time allows for free will and determinism at the same time? So everything I've done already happened because it is being observed outside of the dimension of time?


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