posted on Dec, 2 2011 @ 08:14 PM
reply to post by WarJohn
I agree that "God" is only a title like Pope, King, Queen, Lord etc. There are consequences for the social structure, and for ideology whenever this
title is assigned to things or persons.
Because the term "God" is only a title many people recognize that it is an arbitrary, social designation, not a logical necessity, and that it is
even oppressive and, in particular, classist in nature. There is no point in calling anything God unless one is aiming to support and socially operate
with a given concept of political hierarchy. Religions dictate the concept of political hierarchy that a religious believer is expected to accept, and
demand acceptance of a divine order to configure that hierarchy.
By denying that anyone is worthy of the social and politically consequential designation "God," Atheists necessarily question the demands of
religion's call for a classist, divine order. The title "God" does have meaning for the social structure that a particular people that accept its
usage likely would develop. That is why it is important to be mindful and careful about what one deems worthy of this high and mighty title. Social
and cognitive life are extensively ordered, structured and influenced by the concepts or things that people believe deserve to be called "God."
Calling something "God" is an act that inititates a process of social and ideological engineering that has consequences for the expressed nature of
social conflicts that are possible within a society and between or among ideologically distinct societies. It should be no surprise that religions
lead to violence, social conflict, and war.