The jewish/christian/muslim god as a bad computer programmer

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Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry โ€“ DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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14 Responses to The jewish/christian/muslim god as a bad computer programmer

  1. Sarah says:

    I love this, and whole-heartedly agree. I like how you point out that not only can a perfect programmer not make a non-perfect creation, i.e., a perfect programmer by definition makes a perfect creation; but furthermore, a responsible, good programmer takes responsibility for his mistakes and takes the time to fix them!

    • Jeff Randall says:

      I used this basic idea as a throw away line in a debate with somebody, and then later thought, “you know, this would make a great blog entry”…
      It’s really great to see that it came across to others as understandable and accurate… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tana says:

    I agree, as well, and I always hated the answers people would give to explain the “imperfections” away (“Oh, God has a plan that we can’t comprehend!”). The only other explanation would be that god is a bully and/or a sadist.

  3. poietes says:

    As someone who is incredibly inept when it comes to things like SQL and anything more than basic computing, I can appreciate the metaphor of god as programmer. Perhaps programmer god is too egotistical to admit to flawed code, you know, kind of like Gates and his initial infallibility?

    On the other hand, Presbyterians, who believe in predestination, would say that god intentionally fucked up that line of code knowing all along that his creation would fix itself after years and years of trial and error. Or the free will proponents would say that god created the code, intentionally included the error, and included free will to see if the creation would someday be able to identify the error and then do something to remedy the situation.

    Of course, all of this makes my head hurt, so I’ll take the easy way out and agree with the Occam’s Razor explanation.

  4. Jeff Randall says:

    As somebody who makes a living based on MS products, I’m not sure I agree with your comment on Gates, but I’ll let that pass… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    There are many other issues with the idea of predestination.
    If god knew in advance that adam and eve would disobey and in fact he determined that it would happen (which is the essence of predestination), then god, and not adam and eve is the guilty party, and the one deserving of punishment. Instead what predestination implies, is that god created certain people with the INTENT of punishing them for eternity…

    The second idea you put forward (god created the flaw intentionally to see if mankind could fix it themselves) is a really interesting one. The obvious problem is that god is punishing his creation for not being able to fix his mistakes “quick enough”.

    So we’re left with trusty old Occamโ€™s Razor, which helps out in so many situations…

    • poietes says:

      Gates comment = being facetious . . .

    • Tana says:

      I always found the concept of predestination unconscionable. Kind of like conceiving and giving birth to a baby with the sole intention of bashing its skull in. I do not understand why those who cling to Calvinistic religions can overlook this repulsive doctrine (well, actually, they probably think they are “saved” and don’t really care about those who aren’t).

      • Jeff Randall says:

        With predestination, even if you’re saved, it could be part of god’s plan to have you or someone you love raped… That’s gotta suck knowing that god wants you and/or your loved ones to be raped. I’m not sure I could stomach worshiping that kinda of an immoral deity…

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