So in the past couple of weeks I’ve moved increasingly from the Bible towards a form of non-deistic philosophical theism, perhaps Unitarian Universalism (@gbrooks9), since I am able to see the virtues of variety of religious traditions, not only Judaism and Christianity, but also Islam, Atenism, Middle Platonism and Zoroastrianism.
My main reason for this change is the realisation that I couldn’t fit Christian or Jewish Orthodoxy even in it’s most liberal form, but I’ve also started to find issues with the term ‘God’ as a description of the First Cause.
I agree that the First Cause shares many qualities of the God of Abraham, such as intellect, necessity, and omni-qualities, but also that he shares the quality of incomparability, as found in Isaiah 44:6, and Surah Al-Ikhlas in the Quran. God, if I am correct is species unique, and is nothing like the spatio-temporal gods of pagan religions, David Bentley Hart has a well written chapter in his book ‘The Experience of God’, as to why the term ‘God’ is misleading. So I like to avoid use of the term God, and any term which could potentially demean the first cause, by comparing it to something to which it is incomparable to. Instead I prefer the neoplatonist term ‘The One’, or ‘Monad’, terms which emphasise it’s uniqueness.