If I absolutely, positively, definitely had to have a deity, I’d choose one who doesn’t require worship. If I were constructing a deity from the ground up, I’d construct one who doesn’t lay down commandments to be obeyed. My deity of choice wouldn’t ask anyone to prove their faith by cutting the throats of their kids, beastly or otherwise... My preferred deity wouldn’t get all jealous and wrathful if I were to pray to other deities on the odd occasion, and wouldn't punish me if I were a bit evil and/or drunk and/or stoned out of my mind every now and again.
An argument can be made that deity by definition has all attributes, all qualities, and therefore, none. For me, if deity absolutely, positively, definitely has to have some attributes, then I‘d choose one with a sense of humour, an outgoing personality and an appreciation of the finer things in life, such as sex and drugs and rock and roll, and other edgy stuff too.
If I had to choose, I’d choose a deity who loves money-changers as much as whores as much as saints; who enjoys hanging out in bars and pubs as much as in temples and chapels. I’d choose one who loves me as I am, here and now, there and then, up and down, inside out, forever and a day, whether I’m praying or preying.
And if I absolutely, positively, definitely had to go god-shopping, I wouldn't choose one whose name I couldn't spell.
But I don’t have to choose.
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