posted on May, 25 2010 @ 06:37 PM
He's saying that God pre-existed time, which is valid but it doesn't completely convince.
The consolation of philosophy puts it more succinctly
(paraphrased): If God was given his power of Goodness, the giver would be superior to the receiver. (end paraphrase)
So if God had a mother, that mother would be God. Thus, God had to be self-created out of himself.
Another quote from the excellent consolation:
"anything that is said to be imperfect is held to be so by the absence of perfection, so that if any imperfection is visible in any class of things,
there must necessarily be a proportion of perfection to it. Do away with perfection and it is impossible to imagine how anything that is imperfect
could be held to exist."
While this quote does not prove God per se it does prove that imperfection implies a proportion of perfection, kind of like saying we exist in Time,
thus there must be Time itself. If Time itself did not exist, we could not exist in time. Same could be said about matter and space. So God is nothing
but that Ideal which is the building block of all other things. Some might call that just simply matter, after all many atheists say matter has always
existed, so how hard is it to assume that an absolute origin has always existed.
The problem with the Christian God, especially reading the Old Testament, is that God is given too many human characteristics, namely bad ones, Vices,
such as anger and wrath, which goes against his supposed Transcendent nature.
Plotinus does a wonderful job in explaining the One as being absolutely simplex, perfect, needing nothing, beyond all comprehension, and the name
"the One" is simply an indication that it is not a multiple.
Buddhism also uses this type of thinking which is called "neti neti" not this, not that, in that the Supreme Reality is beyond all duality, and so
the only way you can properly define it is to say it is not this, not that, not physical, not contingent upon any type of duality.
I agree with Kent that if the brain was just a collection of random particles there'd be no reason to call yourself a scientist and then expect some
[edit on 25-5-2010 by filosophia]