Years ago I paid a quarter for a used paperback copy of Leslie Weatherhead's The Christian Agnostic. I read it and have reread it over the years with great satisfaction.
Weatherhead titled chapter four God And Our Guess and related how "ludicrous" he felt sitting at his desk and writing God at the top of his paper. How little, he felt, man could actually know of that subject. He then wrote: "I feel that the most appropriate thing to do would be to leave a half dozen blank sheets of paper!"
That stuck with me, and I think of it often when I try to put down any of my thoughts about God.
Most people for better or worse have some concept of God that is meaningful at least to them. If we would stop being so insistent that we have cornered the market on God-thought religion might not receive such a bad rap.
Forrest Church, the late pastor of All Souls Unitarian Church of New York City, gave a good definition of God that is more than sufficient to describe my own way thinking about it:
God is our name for a power that is greater than all and yet present in each: the life force; the Holy Being itself.
There is the real starting point, I believe, for anyone who takes seriously the God-hypothesis. I could write page after page about the many coincidences in my life that seem upon deeper reflection too coincidental to be mere coincidence. That would be convince no other than myself that there is something deeper and more meaningful back of the big picture. But others who feel the same way would have their own personal verification from their own lives.
To think of God as the power that pulls everything forward and teases order out of disorder is surely not an outrageous idea. And if not, surely it wouldn't be outrageous for us to attempt to tap into that power.
A thousand questions could be asked. Blank lines would serve as better responses than pat answers based on a caricature of God that has been passed down through popular traditions.
I am also an atheist about the God most atheists seem to object to. However, the power of the concept of a Master Mind at work in this thing called life can't cease fueling my own speculations. But let me be quick to label them that.