God, Gods, and Fairies by David Bentley Hart | Articles | First Things

Admittedly, I suppose, it is possible to mistake the word “God” for the name of some discrete object that might or might not be found within the fold of nature, if one just happens to be more or less ignorant of the entire history of theistic belief. But, really, the distinction between “God” – meaning the one God who is the transcendent source of all things – and any particular “god” – meaning one or another of a plurality of divine beings who inhabit the cosmos – is one that, in Western tradition, goes back at least as far as Xenophanes.

Source: God, Gods, and Fairies by David Bentley Hart | Articles | First Things

Some very interesting reflections on polytheism, monotheism, and the qualitative, not merely quantitative, difference between them – not to mention the effect this has on philosophy and metaphysics, and (in recent years) a fair amount of social discourse.

I have long asserted that atheists and fundamentalists share the same basic misconception: their view of God is far too small!



Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which our techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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