Creating God in one’s own image

If it’s god science, it goes here!

Keep in mind that this is a study on a monotheistic God. For polytheists, the responses to such a survey may vary depending on the G/god being asked about, but even the perceived mores of multiple gods may correlate with one’s own personal mores.

I understand that such a study may move some to ask, “Then what’s the point of having a god or gods?” I can only speak for myself: I know that it’s helpful to imagine someone, or to speak to someone who is exemplary and ideal by one’s own standards, when considering any course of action. And, if that someone happens to talk back they may have further helpful advice on the issue at hand.

Communion with my gods is where the magic happens for me, because through such communion I can draw nearer to my ideals, remember important considerations, be inspired, and reap many other potential benefits. Whatever the ultimate causes for these may be, having personal gnosis and experiences in this vein helps me, and so I intend to keep it up.

Believers vs Non-Believers

For many religious people, the popular question “What would Jesus do?” is essentially the same as “What would I do?” That’s the message from an intriguing and controversial new study byNicholas Epley from the University of Chicago. Through a combination of surveys, psychological manipulation and brain-scanning, he has found that when religious Americans try to infer the will of God, they mainly draw on their own personal beliefs.

Psychological studies have found that people are always a tad egocentric when considering other people’s mindsets. They use their own beliefs as a starting point, which colours their final conclusions. Epley found that the same process happens, and then some, when people try and divine the mind of God.  Their opinions on God’s attitudes on important social issues closely mirror their own beliefs. If their own attitudes change, so do their perceptions of what God thinks. They even use the…

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