A quick and simple bread for Lughnasadh

Borrowed from “Autumn Earth Song”:

Sweet Corn Bread

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

2/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp salt

3 1/2 tsps baking powder

1 egg 1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

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The God Hypothesis

The number one argument that caught my attention in “The God Delusion” is Dawkin’s argument against the “god hypothesis.”

There are two views of god. ¬†The impersonal, abstract, pantheistic god (Beauty is everything, etc) is a view promoted by Einstein and others. ¬†This is where I have always leaned. ¬†The second view of god is the “god hypothesis” – a personal god that has created and controlled the universe from the beginning, and takes an interest in human affairs. ¬†The Christian(and other religions) god.

The argument is simple.

An omniscient and omnipresent god must be very complex.

An argument that a very complex being created life begs the question: How did the complex being come into existence?

The impersonal, abstract, pantheistic god though… that is complementary to evolution.

Which leads me to conclude that although we personify the beauty in the world through deities called god (excluding magic from this argument altogether), we do not necessarily need to identify this/these god(s) as personable entities.

Religion vs. Culture

In reading The God Delusion (see my last post)… There have been a lot of things which have thrown me for a loop.

It’s not that I don’t believe. ¬†It’s just WHAT I believe.

I believe that belief in or assumption of a higher power enables us to better interface with ourselves.  Working in this framework encourages our creativity and hopefully, self confidence.

I’m not agnostic… But I’m definitely questioning now. ¬†Regardless, exercises in magic¬†are still useful for everyone, inclusive of other religions.

When I make sense of this… change in thinking, I’ll be able to better speak of it.