Theology | More on The God-shaped Hole

More on The God-shaped Hole

© 2021 by Vernon Miles Kerr and  –  Originally posted as a rough-draft to Twitter on 11/22/2021


The little two-paragraph blog post, below, has gotten a bit of response. In it, I propose a possible “earthly” explanation for people’s longing for contact with a higher power.  If you browse this blog  you’ll see that I’m not a vehement atheist.  I’m even constantly questioning my own agnosticism. I was reared in an areligious, secular home. 

As teenagers, both my parents had experienced some heavy trauma, each from a different Protestant denomination.  They never spoke about God in our home.

But I still had that longing, described in the piece below. I remember, as a child, my being sad because I was missing the apparent religious-ecstasy other people enjoyed along with Christmas.  I think maybe that vague longing is what made me an easy target to be lured into a Christian cult when I was just past 30.  This cult was ultra-fundamentalist, in that they believed that every word of the Bible was “god-breathed.”  Yes, the world really was created in six days, Noah really got 2 of every land species on Earth onto that wooden boat, and Jesus was really returning soon to fix our screwed-up world. 

I was locked-in to those beliefs for 25 years, until the guru of the cult died and the entire organization fragmented into many pieces — each with its own guru, expecting those two, and sometimes three, tithes from parishioners.  

So, here’s the point of this thread:  If our deepest, religious longings are really just a primal desire to return to the  bountiful and accepting love between mother and infant, maybe all those “holy books,” seemingly so inevitable in the human saga, all begin from a false premise. If so, what do we do for moral guidelines?

I think that I’m acquainted with only one professed atheist.  I’m sincerely interested in how an atheist views morality.  Are there general rules of social conduct that universally apply?  Or is morality completely relative, and different for each occasion?

One thought on “Theology | More on The God-shaped Hole

  1. Now you know another professed atheist, me. I view morality as an invention by humans, no god needed at all. There are some moral stances that support the existence of civilization. Those are passed along and changed as needed. We can always get better.

    Now compare that with the claims of theists, that their god or gods are the source of objective morality. This would mean that an action is objectively moral or not, forever and always, dependent on nothing but the action itself. That theists, including Christians, constantly change what they consider moral, this shows that their morality is as subjective as any humans. You keep inventing the new “correct” interpretation.

    Add to this that many Christians have no problem with their god doing what they would be horrified if a human did. If moral actions depend on what someone is, rather than the action itself, then your morality is, again, purely subjective. It is no more than a childish belief in might equals right.

    I am curious if this comment will appear.


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