@Awe and wonder,
Awe and wonder wrote:
To me it is perfectly conceivable that god, yes I said the word, created the universe.
The world is full of possibilities and probabilities. In a world that allows for magic, as any world with a god must be, then anything is possible. Leprechauns, Unicorns, pixies, fairies, gnomes and gremlins would all be possible. Yet people scoff at that. Silly they say, those things are just fairy tales, not the same as "God" at all. But they are exactly the same.
It is inconsistent to dismiss one group of magical possibilities and then to casually offer the idea of "God" as though it were different in any way.
Human culture is so saturated with the idea of "God" that it no longer trips the instinctive bullshit meter that most of us have running in our brain to help us get through daily life. If someone says that every day, they seek guidance from the divine Unicorn our bullshit meters go off very quickly. But if someone says they seek guidance from God it slips right through. Even people who don't believe in God will treat those two claims very differently, yet they are essentially the same. Both people are seeking guidance from an imaginary magical being. Our collective enculturation is the only difference.
Think about how pernicious that is. Large potions of an entire race of beings brainwashed to such a degree that they don't even recognize what has been done to them.