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Author: gogreengo Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 571  
Subject: Re: The amorphous It Date: 4/9/2002 5:20 PM
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<<A good percentage of peoples conception of god is not meaningfully different than nature.>>

One ancient collection of writings states: "...what may be known about god is plain to them, because god has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world god's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

What I take this to mean is that nature does indeed inspire us and reveal to us an "it"--namely a creator. It sounds like "it" can be known and we can see its qualities in nature around us.

Seems like the above quote touches on your comments below as far as looking to "nature" for inspiration and spiritual direction:

<<Is there any 'religion' that does accept the ambiguity of providing no characterization at all to 'it'? (its hard to even pick a word for it without implying some characterization)? No souls or spirits to believe in, no book of rules to follow or human books or visions to align with. Just seeking to draw inspiration from the wonder of the world and universe around us ('nature' in its broadest sense)?>>

I'm curious about why you would want to follow a religion or belief system that has an "it" but ascribes no qualities to it? How would you know you wanted to worship or meditate on or follow "it"?

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