God seems to have enabled the universe (or the multiverse) to come into existence not as something he would control directly but rather as a complex enough substrate for all forms of evolution to occur. Think of a bolt of lightning. It is perfectly understood. God does not cause lightning to strike, except very indirectly. It is the same with everything in the universe. Contrary to modern myth, however, God does seem to exist. He is an extraordinarily powerful, finite being in a gigantic cosmos. I have no problem with that. God breathed the fire of life into the inflaton, and then let it go...

If one were to posit that God does in fact exist, one would also have to posit, in acknowledgment of the horrors of this world and their appalling constancy, that He is necessarily finite and limited enough that He doesn't have a choice. Or if He is as powerful and infinite as the theologians say, perhaps too many miracles would set off a chain reaction that would generate a worse reality than the one they were designed to ameliorate. I suppose a lot of people in the modern world just take the path of least resistance and simply posit no God at all, though the picture is different than most people realize.

I would rather say God made the universe possible than deliberately created it; nature is based on a principle of implicit intelligence, not explicit design.

Being a god, or existing in a higher dimension in an afterlife, is work. There is no free lunch in the cosmos. As any being in any universe must necessarily be constrained, the higher beings must exist in a hierarchy, and probably have an overwhelming number of tasks. These entities are more like managers with ranks than transcendental masturbators (which of course is the popular spiritual and religious conception -- paradise and all that.) And if these entities must be moral, well, the work is just that much harder.

When I experience that pure, oceanic beauty, I feel no need to include God personally. I find that all I need attribute it to is nature, whether God is involved or not.

The debate seems to be whether the universe came into existence completely by accident, or was designed by some creator. Why not a third option? Could there be a cosmic substrate which is informed by some subtle governing principle of intelligence or order, which evolves freely according to no predetermined stricture -- chaos? Order (which is a form of intelligence) and random chaos (through which it is expressed) are both required for the evolution of a universe like ours.

My feeling is that God created our universe only very indirectly, and that it evolved into an existence in which, at the beginning of the chain, a kind of fire was breathed into the void creating an intelligent substrate for all that was to come. So what you see is not really a product of God, but rather a virtually autonomous, evolving nature built on a dual principle of chaos and order which is connected to Him quite distantly. So, while we can say God exists, we don't constantly have to attribute everything directly to Him.

I see God as more of a programmer than anything. He created the program, or even built the computer, and just let the simulation run. Whatever happens, happens.

I'm pretty sure that God doesn't need or want us to kiss his ass.

Reality is God's computer program. The laws of physics process His information.

It makes perfect sense to me that there is a God. The cosmos has to have a most powerful being, doesn't it? The only argument against this logic is that humanity is all there is in creation. So take your pick.

Whether or not you believe in miracles, it is a bona-fide miracle that man has not yet blown himself up with strategic nuclear weapons. I would not be surprised to find out that there have to date been several interventions from on high.